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Star Wars: Prototypes and Production is a podcast that provides an in-depth look into the Star Wars films, TV series, and books we love. It also covers the Kenner and Hasbro toys, and examines the process of those toys, from concepts to prototypes to the ones that made it to the toy stores! Join host David Quinn on a journey with fellow collectors to learn more about Star Wars and the fascinating hobby of collecting Star Wars toys.
 
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Ok so for this episode I was put in touch with Hannah Barbera, Bluth and Disney artist and animator T.Dan Hofstedt. T Dan worked for Disney on a number of their big projects including Aladdin, The Lion King and Mulan. I had the pleasure of speaking with him in June 2022. Please note/ignore my husky Covid voice. I am three days in. Also my mic recor…
 
A record-breaking Rocket Fett, a $40,000 carded Vinyl Cape Jawa...and an $8,700 Chewbacca Bop Bag????On the heels of Celebration Anaheim, Hake’s Auctions offered an incredible assortment of 200 vintage collectibles for its first Star Wars Special Event Auction in June. Join host David Quinn for a conversation with fellow collector Matt George, as t…
 
This episode I have a returning guest, Jon Spira who directed Elstree 1976 and Hollywood Bulldogs is back to talk about his new series streaming on Britbox, namely Reel Britannia. Jon has written and directed this himself and it’s a blast. I’m fortunate enough to have watched the first three episodes before I spoke to Jon. The fourth episode is jus…
 
Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader, in the same room.The first massive gathering of Star Wars fans and collectors in three years.And a mountain of Star Wars-themed swag.This was the unforgettable event that was Celebration Anaheim.Join host David Quinn as he views the Celebration weekend through the lens of the collectors and fans who traveled out to A…
 
“Will you return to play Obi-Wan again?”That was the question that plagued Ewan McGregor for years, as Lucasfilm began to release Star Wars films in the Disney era.Fans clamored to see McGregor don the Jedi Robes again, and to portray the beloved character from George Lucas’ prequel trilogy. Behind the scenes, Lucasfilm had been working on a standa…
 
So this is not a typical episode. While I do have a guest, he does not work in the film industry. He is however a big fan of Star Wars, who like me, enjoys channelling his love for these films into something creative. Justin Berger is the author of The Empire Strikes Back Unauthorized Timeline 1975 - 2020. It’s a reference book that catalogues all …
 
If you are an Ahsoka fan, this season is the calm before the Togruta storm.14 years ago, George Lucas and Dave Filoni introduced Ahsoka Tano to the world. And over time, Ahsoka has become one of the most popular Star Wars characters ever. And with her new live-action series helmed by Dave Filoni on the horizon, as well as the excitement surrounding…
 
The Short 79 back season begins with Ewok Bowman, Lumat. Mattias joins to talk about Mechanicals, foreign carded figures, unlicensed ceramics and an epic, consequential market watch game. Part of the 122nd Chive Cast. Table of Contents:08:00 Grumpy Lumat’s Story and History16:47 Unproduced Zephee19:45 Skye-Ku21:28 Mattias Joins The Show24:54 What i…
 
In The Vintage Collection Archive, authors Rich Alot, D. Martin Myatt, and former Hasbro VP Derryl DePriest crafted the definitive guide for the line: carefully curated and setting a new standard for a Star Wars collector resource. The writing is superb, the commentary by the Hasbro team is insightful, and the images are truly striking. But it’s gr…
 
Today I have an amazing guest, an exclusive of sorts, because he really hasn’t done many interviews over the years…. Namely ILM matte painter and Weta art director Michael Pangrazio. Now if you recognise that name you’ll know that Michael is responsible for some incredible works of art from Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return o…
 
Where else can you see:—Displays matching the Kenner packaging photos?—Three-dimensional hand-painted dioramas of the vehicle boxes? —A Hasbro Sail Barge packed with vintage figures?—And nearly every Star Wars toy produced between 1977 and 1985?That’s just a snapshot of Tyler Fedigan’s incredible collection room, devoted to the Kenner Star Wars act…
 
Welcome to episode 50. Five zero of The Filmumentaries Podcast. Fifty… So after just over two years I’ve hit the podcast has hit middle age. And you know what, it’s feels pretty good. Thanks for all your support over the past 24 months. I really do appreciate it, especially those that have been able to support the podcast. Ok, so if you heard episo…
 
Ten years ago, a chance encounter between two vintage Star Wars collectors became the spark that ignited one of the greatest regional clubs in the galaxy: The Empire State Star Wars Collectors Club.And since then, the club has become a home to hundreds of collectors, many of whom have impacted our hobby in profound and positive ways. The Empire Sta…
 
For this episode, number 49 you’ll hear my conversation with a founding member of Industrial Light and Magic, who has brought an immeasurable amount of skill and artistry not only to the original Star Wars trilogy, but also to the prequels, Indiana Jones, Men in Black, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jurassic Park, E.T. The list is immense. The man I spe…
 
Are you looking to collect vintage Kenner action figures? Want to explore the exciting (and expensive) world of Star Wars prototypes? Have you ever wondered: “What should I collect next?”Join host David Quinn as he offers answers and advice on these important questions and more, for both new and experienced collectors. David also shares some of the…
 
Looking for a sealed Return of the Jedi Imperial Shuttle? After a long winter, toy show season is officially here!And Zolocon is a wonderful way to kick off the year. Held in a former NASA training centrifuge in Warminster, Pennsylvania, Zolocon offers a healthy mix of vintage and modern toys, with some wonderful surprises for Star Wars collectors.…
 
Did you ever wonder where the Star Wars collectibles in a Hake’s auction come from?In the latest auction, one-third of the vintage Star Wars items - an amazing assortment of carded action figures - came from one collector, curated over the span of 25 years.From seeing an X-Wing in a shop in New York City, leading to a wild hunt for the highest qual…
 
In February 2020 I had the pleasure of speaking with fellow Brit, Senior Visual Effects Consultant Paul Franklin.Paul famously worked with director Chris Nolan on both Inception and Interstellar. He won a BAFTA for his work on Inception and an Academy award for both Inception and Interstellar.Early in his career he was a videotape editor, then he w…
 
The insanity continues.The “Clear” winners of the second half of the auction?Clear bubble carded figures from Return of the Jedi brought in almost $50,000 in sales. And on average, they shockingly sold for an incredible 40% over the high end of their estimates.Hake’s auction 234 brought in $72,000 in revenge proofs, $60,000 in Power of the Force fi…
 
Insanity. Star Wars collectors simply have never seen prices like this.A record-setting six-figure Boba Fett prototype, a carded Vinyl Cape Jawa topping $36,000, an Early Bird Certificate selling for $21,000, and 20- and 21-back Star Wars figures reaching values in the thousands - prices usually reserved for the desirable 12-back first releases.And…
 
This episode is my conversation with Sarah Virani, Partnerships and Marketing Manager at Regent Street Cinema. Sarah contacted me on social media with the intention of getting the message out about this lovely little cinema in London. Full disclosure, I was offered complimentary tickets for a screening, but I haven’t taken Sarah up on that offer. W…
 
Over the past year, the carded 1985 DROIDS Boba Fett has been one of the most in-demand figures for vintage Star Wars collectors. The value for this rare figure has soared, and an AFA 75 recently sold for $16,000 on eBay.1985’s Power of the Force figure collection offers some of the hottest Star Wars collectibles as well, with carded examples reach…
 
For Jedi collectors, the latest Hake’s auction is rich with rare pieces bearing the name “Revenge” and “Return!”A sealed Rancor, a carded alternate-photo Taiwan Boba Fett, a quality control (QC) sign-off Bib Fortuna, the iconic Miro-Meccano “Yan Solo” miscarded Luke Jedi figure, a loose Lili Ledy removable hood Jawa, a conceptual Jabba rotocast mol…
 
Three months before Return of the Jedi premiered, George Lucas changed the film's title. And for decades, collectors have hunted proof cards and other memorabilia with the original “Revenge of the Jedi” logo.And while Return of the Jedi carded figures have been plentiful over the years, ones with clear bubbles command shocking prices. The latest Ha…
 
When was the last time a sealed “Special Offer” Boba Fett Slave 1 vehicle came up for sale?Are carded 41-back Empire Strikes Back figures undervalued gems?The latest Hake’s auction offers some of the nicest high-grade carded figures from Empire Strikes Back figure line, which has been gaining momentum among collectors.A 41A Han Bespin, a 41E Dengar…
 
A $4,000 carded Bespin Luke?If you’re a collector, you know how desirable the collectibles from the first Star Wars film have become over the past two years. But The Empire Strikes Back is the rare sequel that is just as beloved and just as impactful as the first film, if not more so.And while ESB carded figures have taken a back seat to the 12-bac…
 
Has "The Book of Boba Fett" series sparked or diminished interest in Boba Fett memorabilia?Are 20 backs and 12” figures the next items to soar in value?Will a sealed Jawa Sandcrawler cross the $20,000 mark?How’s this for a lineup? Vintage three-Packs, box flats, carded 21-back Boba Fetts, a Kenner Canada wind-up R2-D2, a sealed Sears Cantina Playse…
 
Did trick-or-treaters really receive Rocket Fett prototypes for Halloween in the 1980s?Do you want to know the full, untold story behind the Rocket-Firing Boba Fett prototype featured at the upcoming Hake’s auction?The rare J-Slot V2 Rocket Fett is estimated at $100,000-200,000, and has an incredible history that remained largely unknown, until now…
 
For this episode I have a conversation with VFX guru Craig Barron. Craig started his career in the effects industry as a young man at ILM. You’ll love his story about how he got there. Years later he went on to co-found Matte World and then became creative director at Magnopus.He began at ILM in time to work on The Empire Strikes Back. Later he wor…
 
Join Skye and Steve as they identify which vintage Star Wars collectibles won and which ones lost the “Book of Boba Fett”. Luke, Tuskens, 8D8, Rancor Keepers and all the Boba you can shake a Gaderfi stick at. Table of Contents: 3:43 2D Clone Wars Discussion6:57 #10 (X-WING / GAMMY)9:59 # 9 (R2 / 3PO)11:56 #8. (NIKTO, BARADA, WALRUS MANS, GREEDO / K…
 
For this episode, number 45, February 2022, I have another film legend, Garrett Brown.If that’s not a name you recognise, you will know his work. Garrett invented the steadicam. He also operated it over 100 films, most notably for me, Rocky, The Shining, and Return of the Jedi. Three very different films and three completely difference applications…
 
After Jabba’s Sail Barge, whatever came next had to be equally impressive for Star Wars fans.In 2020, Hasbro announced its second HasLab Star Wars campaign. The Razor Crest, Din Djarin’s ship from the hit series The Mandalorian, would be the next massive vehicle produced by the company. But it had to reach 6,000 preorders in 45 days.What happened n…
 
In 2018, fans successfully funded the first HasLab Star Wars toy campaign, purchasing more than 8,800 $500 Sail Barges from The Vintage Collection line. To vintage and modern collectors alike, Jabba’s Sail Barge was a dream piece, one first seen in 1983’s Return of the Jedi. But was it worth the nearly 40-year wait? The first part of the series “Th…
 
For this episode number 44, I have documentary director Frank Pavich. Frank appeared along with Dan Lanigan and Soby on episode 39 in November 2021, in which we discussed the purchase of the Jodorowsky’s Dune book. A story which has been picked up again by the press just in the past week or so. I may not have got the hits, but I got the scoop!The d…
 
SJoin Skye and Steve as the discuss the only toy based entirely on the emotion of grief. Ron joins to teach about rough clay sculpts, Palitoy ads, Dixie cups and Yupis. Plus, quite a bit of bear discussion on this month’s chive castTable of Contents:3:58 The value of the Worst Figure ever? Trump Stance? Bored?10:04 The Kenner and Palitoy Commercial…
 
For this episode, number 43 I spoke with documentary director Jon Spira.I became aware of Jon’s work in 2015 with the release of Elstree 1976. A broad look at the men and women who were tucked away, far far away, in the back ground of some of the shots in Star Wars. They were often extras and masked characters that we didn't even know were there. H…
 
In 2018, Hasbro announced a new platform that would expand the galaxy of Star Wars toys like never before.Through HasLab, figures, vehicles and playsets that were considered too costly to produce or too large to sell at retail became possibilities through Hasbro’s crowdfunded-based campaigns. HasLab would present its offering, and Star Wars fans wo…
 
Will The Book of Boba Fett be a success? What should we expect at Celebration Anaheim? How will new tax policies affect the collecting market? What will be the hot variant that loose collectors will pursue? And will a prominent collector sell a legendary collection to the public?Join host David Quinn as he explores these questions and more, and giv…
 
My friend and colleague Jason Henry, director of Disney+'s Prop Culture, suggested that he should interview me for my own podcast. A "getting to know Jamie Benning episode" he said. I was reluctant at first, but Jason assured me that my listeners would be interested in hearing my story. The day before we were due to record, Jason suggested our mutu…
 
Bonus episode.I released episode 40 today. My conversation with author John Glennie. But as it's close to Christmas, I thought "what the heck"... lets put out episode 41 too.Both are with authors of great movie books that you should be adding to your Christmas list.So, here's my chat with author John Walsh about his new book Escape from New York Th…
 
Welcome to episode 40 of The Filmumentaries Podcast.Now I am a lover of movie books. I own a lot of them. I have owned more than I now have. Some favourites include Alan Arnold’s Once Upon a Galaxy - The Making of The Empire Strikes Back, Paul Sammon’s Future Noir - The making of Blade Runner, Steven Bach’s – Final Cut. So many to name. But what I …
 
What was the first collectible George Lucas dreamed of creating? How much did a full set of 62 POTF coins cost in 1985? Was a Speeder Bike recalled in 1996?What Star Wars items did Mark Hamill and QVC sell on TV? And which carded action figure was more valuable in 1995: a Vinyl Cape Jawa or Yak Face?These are some of the questions answered by super…
 
Skye and Steve chuck the AT-ST driver out of the cockpit in this episode which reveals a shocking conspiracy about the character. Hardcopies, Sculpts, Alternate photo-art, lots of beautiful modern and some Australian cereal madness. Plus, what the hell is a mirr-a-kit? 02:15 The AT-ST talk begins Conspiracy20:06 Skye-Ku and Skye’s Ninja Story24:50 …
 
This is the second episode in a matter of two days. I only just released episode 38 with Howard Kazanjian yesterday. BUT I felt the need to get this episode and it’s story out there because it’s one that I’ve been chasing since 22nd Nov 2021.It started while I was at work at F1 talking with my friend Will Buxton. Will is a presenter and a big movie…
 
What was Luke’s unfortunate nickname? Which Christmas catalog sold a life-sized X-Wing? Which 1990s commercial used original footage from The Empire Strikes Back? And what was Lucasfilm’s official response to specific and shocking Episode 1 rumors?These are some of the fascinating facts found in Star Wars Galaxy Magazine.The magazine, which ran fro…
 
For this episode I’ve got well known producer Howard Kazanjian. Its name I’ve been familiar with for many decades now having seen it on the credits of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi. I’d heard sometime last year that Howard was releasing a book about his career, to be penned by the then very ill J W Rinzler. Jonathan of course appea…
 
The latest Hake's auction brought in an incredible $3.3 million, and the Star Wars section of the catalog offered collectors items from 1977-1985, covering Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Power of the Force and DROIDS. And auctions like this help to give collectors an idea of the current market - which items are white-hot, a…
 
For this episode, number 37, November 2021, I have a real treat. You will not have failed to notice that Denis Villeneuve's Dune has finally arrived. Back on episode 16, I interviewed sound designer Mark Mangini about his career and his work on Blade Runner 2049. We stayed in touch and I asked if he’d be willing to come back to talk about his new w…
 
You may be familiar with Darth Vader’s shocking reveal, but do you know the whole story?For more than forty years, moviegoers and Star Wars fans have reacted to one of cinema’s greatest reveals of all time: five simple words that never made it into a script, but changed Lucas’ saga and movie-making forever.And yet, two years before the film’s relea…
 
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