In praise of Star Wars Rebels

I'm changing the name of this blog, and #WeWantLeia is why

I spoil it for Siri

Guest Post: How I came back to Star Wars action figures by YASWB

Beatrice and I watch Star Wars together

[Review] William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher 

Star Wars oil painting exhibit "Sandstorm" opens

Breakneck boredom: an old time Star Wars fan's thoughts on Star Trek Into Darkness

They put me on the news to talk about Star Wars

More from Steve Sansweet on Star Wars and gay marriage

Carmine Infantio has died

I can die happy: I've been interviewed by Dungeons & Dragons

Star Wars Episode 7: All My Children?

What JJ Abrams needs to really succeed with Star Wars 7

Star Wars: The Old Republic is gay--on one planet at least

Tongal and Pringles bring us DYI desecration of Star Wars

Reminiscences about West End Games' Star Wars Roleplaying Game

Here's the biggest Star Wars news of 2012

Stephen Quinn interviews me about Star Wars on CBC Vancouver

Star Wars: modern myth or global franchise?

Parents turn child's 1st birthday into extended Lucasfilm/Hasbro advert

Me reading from A Long Time Ago

Highlights and lowlights of the upcoming Star Wars Celebration VI

Grown men (mostly) dressed up as Lando Calrissian

Beggar's Canyon Toys offer Star Wars toy "restoration" service

Blog's t-shirts banned by Zazzle

Will the real David Prowse please stand up?

LaserSaber: Unlicensed, dangerous and yours for only $99

Is this the future of Star Wars?

Is Star Wars link bait?

Dissent not tolerated at the Prequel Appreciation Society

TSOT discovers its nemesis

Comme des idiots: Star Wars teams up with poncy fashion house

US Christian activist attacks SWTOR for being gay

Yodaphone--the latest product pitch from Star Wars Inc.

Attention tortoise-fanciers: do you like Star Wars?

History of Star Wars as related by a bot

Is Star Wars a travesty of science fiction?

Luke Skywalker and company on the Muppet Show

Yoda now shilling instant soup in Japan

Commander who?

$6000 for a toy you can't even play with

Star Wars underwear

Retro Star Wars decor in my son's bedroom

Phantom Menace 3D: Now With Plot

Star Wars and disco: the forgotten love affair

Will Muschamp: What a guy!

Oi, fanboy: grow up! A reply to Darren Franich


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Entries in nostalgia (4)


Aug 1983 diary entry: "I wish I was Luke Skywalker"

My Twitter pal @mspratt did this in 1983, then tweeted it out last night. It's pretty great.




#MyFirstStarWarsMemory trending on Twitter

The hashtag #MyFirstStarWarsMemory has been trending on Twitter today, with some entertaining results. Here's a few of the tweets I liked. 







Another recent discovery:

On Monday I posted about the Space: 1970 blog, wondering on Twitter how I had managed never to see it before. Then today the indefatigable Kevin Gawthrope (of KG's Vintage Star Wars Corner) posted about my book on various sites, including the Facebook page of something I really ought to have known about already:

In case you, like me, have somehow missed it, is partly a collectors' site for Kenner Star Wars fans. But it's broader than that. In particular it has a great collection of photographs of boys living out their Star Wars obsesssions in the 1970s and early '80s (including the picture above). From the site's blurb: 

Do you remember playing with your STAR WARS figures in the sandbox? Do you remember running around the schoolyard at recess on a snowy day pretending you were riding atop a Taun Taun? Do you remember talking your parents into watching STAR WARS at the theater just one more time, because nine times just wasn’t enough? Do you remember begging your Mom for that Stormtrooper figure you walked past at the grocery store? If you remember any of those things, you have come to the right place. Since I was 7 years old, STAR WARS has been a part of my life...

Surf over for more photos, a large number of videos, and more.

See also @TomBerges (author of the site)


Grenadier/West End Star Wars miniatures

It's surprisingly (and annoyingly) hard to find a good web site dedicated to Grenadier Models' Star Wars miniatures. These lead and pewter models were produced between 1988 and 1990 to accompany West End Games' Star Wars roleplaying and miniature battles games. I've got a nearly complete collection of these models in my basement (excluding only the Zero-G Assault Troopers box set, which I have never bought because it's dumb). 

These miniatures were very well sculpted--some of the best miniatures on the market at the time in any category. For some reason they were a little small: the standard at the time was 25 mm, and increasingly 28 mm, yet the Star Wars models were more like 22 mm, making them slightly harder to paint. 

Originally the miniatures came in boxed sets of ten. These boxed sets were, for the most part, extremely well done. Ten terrific figures, well-chosen, well-sculpted, and attractively presented. Later the miniatures were released in blister packs, usually of three. 

I loved these things! They were such a joy to paint. If I had any spare time I'd paint them again now. I am amazed that no contemporary miniatures company has bought the licence to make new SW 28 mm miniatures. If you'd like to pick up the old ones, there are usually some available on eBay.

Below are what few links I have found to these old miniatures. 

The Stuff of Legends: Grenadier/West End Star Wars miniatures

Jake's Tabletop: Star Wars miniatures

The Bothan Spy: collectible of the day