Thursday, December 29, 2011

Thinking About Custom Cardbacks

Greetings Travelers of the Jundland Wastes! Happy holidays and a happy new year to everyone! I am sure everyone is still sorting through their Star Wars loot as they read this posting. And I'm sure the current Vintage Collection figures showed up as gifts for some of our listeners as well.

The current Hasbro Vintage Collection has brought many fans back to the collecting hobby. These brand new vintage style figures on a classic Star Wars cardback has really struck an emotional chord for a lot of Star Wars fans. All over the internet and on Star Wars podcasts and blogs I am hearing about fans who are remembering back to when they were just kids at the time of the classic trilogy. We remember seeing the movies and getting all excited to head to the toy store to pick up those action figures of characters we grew to love. And who can forget the Kenner commercials showing cool action figures and vehicles being used by kids just like us!

Without a doubt, the emergence of the new Vintage Collection in the summer of 2010 gave us all something to be excited about. I am grateful that I am not a "complete-ist" otherwise my wallet would be suffering greatly. But that is fine because I am very satisfied with the figures I have picked up and looking forward to adding to my collection this year with the new Phantom Menace wave which appears to be out for sale at this time on eBay and various toy stores.

There are a couple other Expanded Universe figures from previous lines and waves that I do want but for the most part I am happy with my collection. The only thing I need to do now, is get these figures out of the package and into my display case.

But just as the figure itself is collectible, I also enjoy looking at the cardbacks that come with them. I always wonder why a certain photo was chosen as opposed to others, the colors chosen for the name tags and the style of lettering for the Star Wars logo and wave name. These cardbacks are as much of fun as having the figure.

I began to wonder what my next big Star Wars project will be after I finish off my collection this year. Granted, I have this blog and podcast and I hope it will be going for a long time to come. But I am also trying to get back into drawing as well. And then it came to me....make my own custom cardbacks!

I began looking all over the internet and have found out that it is a hobby for many Star Wars fans as well. Some take new photos and make a cardback with the bubble for a figure they have. Some make it into a real art project by covering over current cardbacks with their own art. And there are even those who just take a piece of poster board cut to size and draw or paint their very own cardback.

Hopefully, sometime this winter I will make an attempt at designing my very own Star Wars action figure cardbacks. I have always enjoyed art projects and I hope that I will get as much fun (or hopefully even more fun) pursuing this new hobby. And it will probably be a little easier on my wallet as well.

Do you have any Star Wars art projects that you are working on? Let us know here on the Jundland Wastes! And send us some pics! We'll post them to the blog.

Break out those pencils, crayons, markers and a whole lot of creativity! We're in the Jundland Wastes and making some great Star Wars cardbacks! Hope to have something to show you soon.

All the best,

Mark
Co-host of the TJW Podcast

Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays from the TJW Podcast!

Hello fellow travelers of the Jundland Wastes! It has been a while but I wanted to send a transmission during these happy holidays! Dan and I are going to get back in the studio soon, 2011 was a bit of tough year in getting our podcasts up and running. But we are hopeful that in the new year of 2012 that we will be able to supply more podcasts and posts for your enjoyment.

Star Wars is fun year round but I think it is especially great to chat about during the winter holidays. We all have wish lists for Star Wars swag and it does take some thought deciding what we want and what we want to give. Here is my small wish list (or not so small considering how you see it) for the the holidays:

* The Star Wars Nine Disc Bluray Set - By far, it has to be the big item this year for Star Wars fans. Granted it came out in September and it was an item that I was tempted to pick up this past fall. But at the same time I thought what would be better then tearing open the wrapping paper and seeing that set in your hands. And while there has been some differences in opinion when it comes to the cover art, I have to say that I really like it! The images of Anakin and Luke on the sands of Tatooine give the traveler of the Jundland Wastes warm feelings about all six movies. And it would make for a great day off from work to watch Episode 4 in full high defintion!


* Current Vintage Collection Action Figures - I really came back into collecting Star Wars toys with the launch of this line back in 2010. The classic packaging and the updated figures really bring me back to the days of going to the toy store with my mom to buy the vintage figures back in the early 80's. I have just purchased a fantastic display case and some stands for the figures I currently have. So I am hoping to have a little time over the weekend to get these figures out of the packaging and into the case!

* Previously Released Action Figures - With my limited budget, it is tough to get every action figure I want. But there have been some figures from previous lines and comic packs that have caught my eye. As a huge fan of the Knights of the Old Republic, it was so much fun to get the Vintage Collection Bastila Shan. But how can I have Bastila without a couple Old Republic Dark Lords to fight? The 30th anniversary Darth Malak and Darth Revan are on my list. Plus, I have finally finished playing The Force Unleashed 2 and would like to get a couple figures from that line as well.

* Star Wars Novels and Expanded Universe books - Star Wars publishing just continues to grow with each year! For the avid reader it is a great time to explore the Expaneded Universe! The novels I am looking forward to getting hold of is Revan by Drew Karpyshyn and Darth Plagueis by James Luceno. Other books I am keeping an eye out for this winter will be Book of Sith by Daniel Wallace, Star Wars Secret Missions #4 by Ryder Windham and the final Fate of the Jedi book Apocolypse.

* Miscellaneous Stuff - There are some other items that I think are just so cool. For example, those Star Wars cookie cutters from Williams Sanoma. Who wouldn't want cookies the shapes of Boba Fett, Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper? I have one more peice I need to complete the Star Wars Celebration V Boba Fett patch and there are a couple patches and pins I want to add to my classic jean jacket. I would like to complete my collection of Celebration V badges too. The art is done by Grant Gould and they all look fantastic! Grant is an awesome Star Wars artist!

What are you hoping to get this holiday season? Let us know!

Have a happy and safe holiday season! Remember to watch out for Tusken Raiders and stay out of your landspeeders if you have one too many Jawa Juices or spiked blue milk!

Happy Holidays!

Mark
Co-host of the TJW Podcast