Oct 8, 2015

Boring Conversation Anyway™ Episode 57; 'The Topps Awakens'.

A brand New 'Boring Conversation Anyway' Episode 57; 'The Topps Awakens' is out. I sat down with the brand manager at Topps Star Wars, Mark Von Ohlen and we talked all things Star Wars.... We take some time to discuss a ton of new products (12 to be precise, all launched in the last quarter alone of 2015).


  1. 4 new products launched. Connexions, dog tags danglers & JTFA
  2. https://goo.gl/HqQO5y  A new Topps cards soon to be released. Holofoil exclusive to NYCC?
  3. Danglers, Acme Archive character key based. https://www.facebook.com/OfficialToppsStarWars/posts/763444857116411
  4. Exclusive SW insider cards http://goo.gl/ltQlqf
  5. Connexions full website http://www.topps.com/galacticconnexions
  6. Connexions wave 2 sneak peek.
  7. JTFA full checklist - http://goo.gl/CHkNXQ
  8. JTFA List 2 http://goo.gl/ROh4Jv 
  9. Hi -Tek Wave 2 https://goo.gl/liw7bp

Jun 23, 2015

Boring Conversation Anyway™ Episode 56: Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back Toy Commentary

'Boring Strikes Back' ...The wait is over as we finally returned at the weekend with our Podcast 'Boring Conversation Anyway' .Top toy experts Dan Curto, Dorksidetoys, Yakface & myself took the best film ever (debate!) and looked at it from a toy perspective... Look out for 'Return of the Jedi' A Toy Commentary soon. Some very rough show notes below.


  1. probe droid hasbro, sideshow, vintage? Liked the recon on hoth pack
  2. tauntaun, best one is 3.75” recent vintage collection? http://amzn.to/1LqRDUd 6” is good
  3. Han, still prefer blue! http://amzn.to/1ez8H0i Always wanted the Vintage figure to have a working holster http://amzn.to/1ez95f1
  4. Steady girl! Tauntaun is a girl!  Love the 6” wampa http://www.dorksidetoys.com/Star-Wars-Black-Series-6-Deluxe-Case-Pack-Han-Sol-p/hassw98276.htm but could have had the belly easily I think, but always remineded of ‘I want you inside me’ http://underscoopfire.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/tauntaun-comic-blue-milk-special.jpg
  5. Hoth General has strepsils on his uniform I swear
  6. Leia padded uniform was a bugger to get in the VC packaging for me...
  7. We need a good Ord Mantell nonEU story now!
  8. Love the vintage R2-Persicope packaging just blue background, designer off work that day!
  9. I always, always wanted the missing wampa sequences http://www.dorksidetoys.com/Star-Wars-Black-Series-6-Deluxe-Case-Pack-Han-Sol-p/hassw98276.htm and ultimately the doorway with threepio tearing the warning sign off in the movie. LEGO made a version.
  10. 2-1b with legs chopped off http://amzn.to/1GdQSuk always fascinated by the clear body on thje orioginal vintage figure and really one of the first figures to have that, ever I think…
  11. Have we ever had a Hoth hologram Obi wan?
  12. Laugh it up fuzzball! Scruffy looking nerfherder
  13. Incest!
  14. We’ve done pretty well for imperial officers over the years across lego, kenner and hasbro http://amzn.to/1ezasKE but never enough crew army builders
  15. Vader, how many! Black Series 6” was a belter I thought now up to $45 per figure http://amzn.to/1K3tPHh I smell repack at one stage/resculpt.
  16. 20.54 in the movie and 2-1b’s console has a mini shield generator on control panel-just throwing that in there!
  17. Luke snowspeeder http://amzn.to/1Lb5gZJ
  18. Han’s Treadwell droid? Never had it!? And of course recent TVC vintage falcon, another super high point for hasbro, best vehicle ever? http://amzn.to/1FtUW80
  19. Anything finer than vintage AT-AT and AT-ST? http://amzn.to/1ezbgPR real high points for Hasbro
  20. Rebel radar dishes were huge in recent-ish sets but always loved the old playsets, and this movie gave us a bunch Cloud City Playset (Sears Exclusive)
  21. Dagobah Action Playset, Hoth Ice Planet Adventure Set, http://www.rebelscum.com/vintHothIcePlanet.asp Imperial Attack Base, http://www.rebelscum.com/vintImpAttackBase.asp Rebel Command Center, Turret and Probot
  22. Old Armadillo rebel cruiser was an odd toy!
  23. NEVER EVER enough snowtroopers made, or guns! bring back the vintage accessories and small vehicle mini rigs http://www.starwars.com/news/offscreen-but-not-forgotten-mini-rigs-body-rigs-and-other-kenner-vehicles
  24. Vintage x-wing of only a year or two ago was a beaut!
  25. Old vintage accessories of gas masks I loved!
  26. I guess space slug set just never gonna work, we did get a mynock set.
  27. 300th darth vader with mediation was a failed but cool idea. So many were discounted.


Boring Conversation Anyway™ #54 - Episode 4 A New Hope-Toy Commentary

Boring Conversation Anyway™ #52 - 'Are We Collecting or Hoarding Star Wars Toys?

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Aug 6, 2014

Boring Conversation Anyway™ Episode 55: A Star Wars Podcast. SDCC 2014 Star Wars Overview

We're back! Another long 'Boring Conversation Anyway' gives an in-depth SDCC overview.
Regulars +Dan Curto+Yakface.com+Dorksidetoys+Tamer ofthe Shipyards & Jedi Temple Archives chew the fat over Hasbro, +Sideshow Collectibles & more.

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1. LEGO Wookies

2. Thursday  really only Fett & Dutch revealed from Hasbro;
general thoughts on the FETT from all?

3. ‘’Take a look at my gigantic chopper’’ & LEGO minifig display, mini fighter with chopper

LEGO PR cant even get these sets, desperate to get them. Is this fair, wise move for LEGO to have such limited items? Only encourages copies? Panels thoughts.

4. Sideshow 1/6th Scale
Thoughts on hot toys ¼ scale and pushing deeper into Star Wars under license from Hasbro. What do we want to see? Price points?

5. Hot toys are going nuts with product releases, especially y around Iron man. The Scale of collectibles is getting bigger. Way bigger. Hall of armour new sets, The bat, tumblrs (multiples) Jaxx pacific, NECA ¼ scale. Thoughts on bigger collectibles and do customers still want 3.75? or is 6” and above the new hotness? 

Can I get a Fabrikation Fett? Part in the USA...

6. Some new podcasts, new channels, new reviews. Instagram, coming from www.dorksidetoys.com

7. Black series 6” revealed on Saturday;
Official images for closeups and comparisons: https://plus.google.com/b/116325231465810007924/photos/116325231465810007924/albums/6040100964822656513  We skip the command line and angry turds.

8. Was HASBRO SW disappointing? Paul?

9. Quick skim over Gentle Giant-Hot wheels: http://www.rebelscum.com/san_diego_comic_con_2014.asp  

10. Rebels is looking good. Extended overview trailer ‘A look ahead’’, several others, but this had to be the best; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYkXif5Q2mA
ESB easter eggs, McQuarrie throughout and in? Longer clips with Buck tooth inquisitor:

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Jun 11, 2014

Boring Conversation Anyway™ Episode 54: A Star Wars Podcast. Episode 4 A New Hope-Toy Commentary


Join +FLYGUY  on another meaty +Star Wars toy talk show featuring +Dan Curto+Yakface.com +Tamer ofthe Shipyards+Dorksidetoys, & JediTempleArchives

Join the BCA possee, all die hard Star Wars fanboys and toy experts watch and review Star Wars A New Hope Ep 4 whilst providing it's first full toy commentary. Adding insights on the the vintage & modern figures and vehicles we got from the movie. Childhood favourites, modern day updates, hits, misses, vintage collection, LEGO, 5POA, POTF, Black Series Six inch and 3.75 Inch that we need to yet see. 12 inch classics, play-sets, creatures and much more.

Like Star Wars toys? You're gonna love the first toy commentary for Star Wars, A New Hope.


  1. A New Hope 1977, who saw it in cinemas? The birth of toys
LEGO, Sideshow, POTF 2
JTA guide to Classic Vintage figs and creatures etc http://www.jeditemplearchives.com/vintagepics/
Modern Vintage figs
Scum guide to all vintage, playsets etc

  1. look sir droids! No Imperial ship here for this special edition, only LEGO? Hasbro Dewback still awesome. (and new lego one too) http://www.yakfaceforums.com/TGuide2004/html/TVC/basicfigures/VC14.html Love the old dewback http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_edauaWSEOQs/S6PG7y0vOuI/AAAAAAAAALs/tvaJijRsVYI/s1600-h/Dewback2.jpg
  2. Droid sale, some great older figures in POTF line of the tall green droid Also was that legacy collection http://www.rebelscum.com/tlcBPlarshomestead.asp womp rat and very disco finish on sand.
  3. Banthas have tended to suck, looks like a muppet http://threads.rebelscum.com/photogallery/data//500/bantha_1_.jpg a bit sad really no?
  4. 4. Do we really want a  new sandcrawler? Massive!
a) How many figures have been made from this scene? Can’t EVER make Tonnika Sisters? :(  
  1. Snaggletooth red/blue, Ponda, http://www.yakfaceforums.com/TGuide2004/html/TVC/basicfigures/VC70.html Hammerhead, (saga collection Momaw Nadon best?) lost with all the changes now to creatures.
  2. falcon-The Ultimate Vintage Collection surely the best?
  3. dockingbay 94 Screams for a playset. Best Fett has to be http://www.yakfaceforums.com/TGuide2004/html/TVC/basicfigures/VC09.html
               a. Is there any chance we will ever see a new Death Star Playset?       C’mon Hasbro do something like this!    http://www.imperialshipyards.net/SMF/index.php?topic=8715.msg173398#msg173398
  1. Best tie fighter the huge scale one?
  2. Vintage collection tie fighter pilot best so far I think http://www.rebelscum.com/photo.asp?image=/TVC/Basic/VC65TIEpilot/TVC-1955.jpg
  3. Medals, That VC Han kinda sucks - Y U No Give us VOTC Han head Hasbro?http://www.yakfaceforums.com/TGuide2004/html/TVC/basicfigures/VC42.html plaus anemic Luke, and no chewie with medal!

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Boring Conversation Anyway™ #55  will return July 2014.

May 21, 2014

Boring Conversation Anyway™ Episode 53: A Star Wars Podcast. The Magnificent Episode VII & FUEU

Another meaty +Star Wars  show with a great bunch, featuring +Dan Curto+Yakface.com +Tamer ofthe Shipyards+DorksidetoysJediTempleArchives & Banthaskull.com

MP3 VERSION HERE: http://bit.ly/BCApodcast53


1. follow up on last show: http://youtu.be/7UUomt7RpA4 1500  watched, many comments and input and several hundred MP3 listeners too, especially for long show! Fans want to collect better. Great reception and input!

  1. Fans reactions mostly positive but a lot of vitriol https://plus.google.com/116325231465810007924/posts/FTFeUY9oAT8
  1. FU to the FU 1 & 2 too? All games out, only Clone Wars TV/Movie is canon.

Round panel on the cast with 7 new core characters for episode 7  with one who starred in the 7th seal. Spooky!

  1. Harrison Ford has a Gigantic part? (oo-er)
  2. Carrie married or not?
  3. Daisy Ridley (daughter? relation to obi?)
  4. Kenny & Anthony kiss and make up?
  5. John Boyega (Jedi? Attack of the Block)
  6. wheredafuq is Billy Dee? John is a relation?
  7. Adam Driver (baddy)
  8. Oscar Isaac (han solo character)
  9. Andy Serkis (CGI?)
  10. Domhnall Gleeson ( playing bill weasley to cross franchises? : ))
  11. Max (The Merciless) von Sydow  (Villain? Voice only?)

  1. Abu Dhabi At-At’s http://i.imgur.com/mcIqmTo.jpg
  2. Boba fett Movie too hard? Disneyfication of Fett? http://collider.com/star-wars-han-solo-movie-boba-fett-movie-spinoff/
  3. What do we all want from Ep 7, locations, toys, books, spin off movies.
  4. if official site break on this, can you imagine when the trailers hit?

7. Disney-Dan and Jayson’s trip quick overview (Paul, Tamer, Chris, Eddie & I were totes jelly)

8. LEGO Revan & Poster

11. Episode 1 was 15 the other day. Eddie or anyone else talking about midnight madness

Boring Conversation Anyway™ #54  will return Early June 2014.

Apr 1, 2014

Boring Conversation Anyway™ Episode 52: 'Are We Collecting or Hoarding Star Wars Toys?'

Another video/audio Boring Conversation Anyway™ as we go deep in to why we collect Star Wars and ask if we really are just hoarders? As usual some of the best expertise in toy collecting and sites join us to share their thoughts:  Yakface.comImperialShipyards.netJedi Temple ArchivesDan Curto Dorksidetoys.com 

Thanks as always to these guys for their time and what was a great meaty and insightful discussion. Watch the video below or


Is this what we are all after in a collection?

Yes! Says Eddie

Justin’s Vintage collection from JediDefender -Jayson (wow!)http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=22347.msg569847#msg569847

1. Round table;
  1. each quick background on when started collecting,
  2. what you collect, and do you have a focus?
  3. where you get them? Are a hoarder or a collector?
  4. This cartoon sums it up. 013/07/Hoarder03.jpg
  5. collecting sources, reference to both of Steve Sansweet books (Paul and Dan input on the items in the book, where were figures from predominantly?)

2. Looking at some well known collectors
  1. Steve Sansweet, the biggest of them all (Old phoptos) http://rebelscum.com/gallery/rancho-opening-pw/

3. Definition of hoarding
  1. Tom Berges minimal but gorgeous vintage collection https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10202637428248568&set=o.222822571081040&type=3&permPage=1
  2. Gus Lopez At ICE shared his collection in the boba cabana https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10201352106356324&set=o.222822571081040&type=3&theater
  3. More Gus https://www.flickr.com/photos/toysrgus/?view=md

4. Hoarding, often deeply tied to emotional aspects, any of the panel have any emotional aspects to their collections?
  1. Our friend in Star Wars Land James Burns went though this last year with a TV crew (brave man). Not the worst case of hoarding but clearly getting to be a problem amd jighlights the emotional aspect http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01w2s3f
  2. Can you believe hoarding can lead to murder? https://plus.googleapis.com/+TekSushi/posts/YEngUGj9kWY

5. Collection Intervention (& to a lesser degree the Toy Hunter) provided me some valuable insights.  1-3 Elese Luray, rest are FLYGUY-but hopefully useful!
  1. Condition is key. Items are always worth more and easier to sell if the condition is good.
  2. If an item comes with original packing, keep it, even if you display, collectibles are always worth more with their boxes.
  3. Display your collection. What is the point of collecting if you cannot enjoy it.
  4. You can’t take this shit with you - if there was a fire and you had to save five things what would they be? That’s the core and perhaps focus of your collection.
  5. Sell, donate and get rid of ‘stuff’ that clutters your life. If you're not enjoying it and appreciating it,  you're not enjoying collecting, your likely hoarding and getting depressed. Angry turds are shit-deal with it!
  6. Recycling and getting rid of stuff lets you buy new stuff! After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing after all as wanting.” -Spock in Star trek!

6. Focus and or themes can help you round out a collection