Most expensive Star Wars toys

No one can deny that Star Wars is an insanely popular and well-loved franchise. The films have become a stable part of 20th Century cinema and even if you have never watched one of the films, the characters and universes are iconic: EVERYONE has made a ‘I am your father’ joke, as well as encouraged their friends to ‘trust the force’. It is also no surprise that the toys are highly sought after, and for a bit of ease of reference, here is a list of some of the most expensive Star Wars items ever created.

Rocket firing Boba Fett

Unsurprisingly, there are at least three Star Wars toys that are worth a stupid amount of money. The Rocket Firing Boba Fett toy released in 1980 currently sells for around £5,000. The toy was originally sold with a gun that shot out a small plastic rocket, but was quickly recalled when parents started to complain that this could injure their children. The toy was re-released without a firing gun, so naturally the original and almost ‘dangerous’ version is highly sought after by collectors and fans alike.

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LEGO Ultimate Collector’s edition Millennium Falcon

Now yes, LEGO have since made roughly 3 other versions of the Millennium Falcon, but the most sought after is the original: Made in 2007 this model consisted of roughly 5195 pieces and was the first ship to be made on ‘mini-figure scale’. Currently selling online for around £3,200.00 it is clearly even more sought after now that it is no longer being made.Image result for lego r2d2Oddly enough, any large scale LEGO Star Wars set is going to be worth big bucks after being discontinued: The large scale R2 D2 model originally sold for around £140 in stores, but now that it has been discontinued for nearly 2 years, it is worth around £450…and that’s out of box and made! Completely sealed packet, that has never before touched bricks, could sell for as much as £800.

Telescopic lightsaber Darth Vader

As with almost all toys, the first run of this toy in 1978 was recalled because the lightsaber could extend and potentially injure the children playing with it. The toy was re-released sans extending lightsaber but it happened so quickly that there are only about 200 versions of the original in existence. Selling for around £6000.00, it is one of the most sought after Star Wars toys going.

Darth Vader war helmet

Ok so technically this is not a ‘toy’ so to speak but rather the actual helmet that Darth vader’s main stunt double wore during filming for ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. This is therefore more of an original film prop, which somewhat explains the £115,000.00 price tag on it currently.

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What other Star Wars toys have you guys heard of? Or…which Star Wars toys that you currently own do you reckon will be worth big bucks in a few years time?

T xx

 

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Why I would be a Sith…

*This is a bit of a far fetched article but it’s all in good fun!*

Now stay with me guys…

A few weeks ago I went to see the new Star Wars identities Exhibit at the O2. if you are interested in psychology and don’t mind Star Wars then it is worth a visit. I didn’t expect to take such a journey through my own psyche.

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The exhibit (no spoilers) basically shows people how Lucas Film made and created the Star Wars universe: Most notably how each character was given their own personal story to tell. The exhibit leads you through the creative process of many different characters, including Luke, Darth Vader and Yoda (of course) and allows you to interact at each stage to create your own personalised Star Wars character.  Once it has helped you explore who your character is, what they stand for and what they are willing to fight for, you are asked one question: Emperor Palpatine has asked you to join the dark side instead of Anakin Skywalker…do you?

Naturally, most people automatically say no. The Sith are very obviously the Bad Guys, and who really wants to be that?!

But I seemed to approach it in a different way (and clearly far too seriously): Yes the Sith are bad, but they are undeniable going to be in control of everything by the start of Episode 4. Since you are essentially taking the place of Anakin (who would later become Darth Vader…oopsie, spoiler!) you will become Palpatine’s right hand man. Which is a power of position in its own right.

It was clear to see that all of the things I value (equality and freedom for all, to put it simply) are not things that the Sith really aspire towards. So, if I do not join the Dark Side, I would most likely be the first to die under the Sith reign as everything I stand for is everything they want to get rid of. I can never enact real change if I am dead…so I really have no choice but to join him.
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But aside from that, there is also the fact that being in a power of position does not mean that you are automatically a bad person: To become Palpatine’s right hand man means that you are his first in command, his confidant, his personal assistant…nothing happens in the Sith empire without you knowing about it, and most importantly, without him telling you the plan first. In this position, you could potentially be able to change Palpatine’s mind about things. Also, as you are in such a high position of power, everyone beneath you has to listen to you. You could coonvince Palpatine not to condemn all Jedi rights campaigners or those who oppose the Empire, but rather approach it from a different angle. In this sense, you can become the Snape to Palpatine’s Voldemort (Did I just combine fandoms??!!).

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It is also the simple thing of ‘better the devil you know’. It may also be worth noting that Darth Vader’s plan all along was to overthrow Palpatine. Or at least this is what many people are hypothesizing. While it may be super sneaky and may be proof that you have become the Dark Side, the only way anyone could ever hope to truly overthrow Palpatine is to be on the inside with him: I mean, I wouldn’t have a Jedi son for Palpatine to torture in front of me with lightning bolts, so I have to find another reason to throw him over a balcony…right? I mean someone is going to have to.

So what do you guys think? Would you have come to same conclusion?

T xxx

Cosplay or copycat?

We have seen from some of the previous blogs that copyright law steps in when there has been blatant copying of one game in creating another game, but what about taking the characters themselves out of the game and into the real world?

Cosplay is the practice of dressing up as a character from a film, book, or video game, and is usually focused on those characters from the Japanese genres of manga or anime. it is a common practice at many comicons that the vast majority of those attending take the opportunity to dress up as their favorite characters, with many conventions now holding competitions for the best look-a-likes.

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A couple cosplaying as Wonder Woman and Batman. Other examples can be seen here

But if you were to dress up as your favorite character, this is not necessarily a cheap feat. If you are really going to do the character justice you need a lot of supplies: clothing, make-up, wigs, weapons, accessories, footwear, extra padding, armour details…the list can go on and on especially if you are trying to recreate a character from comics or video games. Now in the wonderful digital age in which we live, the internet has made all of the above easily accessible. The main question however will be whether or not you can afford to buy it all: If we decided to stick it out with our Dark Knight above, this could set a person back around £250. You’ll look awesome, but probably won’t be able to afford any other clothing for the foreseeable future.

So why not make your own?

I’ll admit it right now: I love a bit of dressing up. Any chance to wear fancy dress and quite frankly I’m sold. However, I am also really, really, really tight-fisted when it comes to my money and so could never justify to myself spending a lot of money on an outfit I’ll most likely only wear once (twice if i’m really lucky!). Creating your own costume is easier and usually cheaper than buying one ready made, especially if you are dressing up for a bit of fun at a convention or as a party troupe. However some of these cosplay competitions are a big deal for those who compete: While cash prizes are rare, the opportunity to win trophies, photography sessions and even meet-and-greet passes with the convention guests, are all big prizes to those fans who compete. In order to win once in a lifetime opportunities such as those awarded at these competitions, your costume must be on point: My Wonder Woman t-shirt, blue skirt and silver bangles will not be enough.

But does making your own count as copyright infringement? In short, no. If you are creating a costume purely for your own enjoyment then it would most likely not be covered by copyright infringement, as you are not causing any financial risk to the original owners. I could take this time to try and explain the implications of design rights within the fashion industry but that would be an entirely new blog post!

What if you made one for a friend?

Now this is where things could potentially be a problem. If you enjoy making the costumes, you may have a friend who asks you to create a costume for them of a particular character as the entire feat is too complicated for them. Based on the financial risk to the original owners, whether this could be copyright infringement rests heavily on whether or not they pay you for the work, and, almost more weighty, is whether this becomes a business for you. If your friend offers to pay you for the materials and time to make the costume, then it could be seen that you are taking money away from the original owner of the character and the costume. While this is extreme, it could become a more pressing issue if you were to do this for lots of friends…so much so that you would say that it is your work and it clearly had a commercial gain to it all.

Final verdict?

When it is clear that your hobby has now become a commercial enterprise, it is probably best to seek a license to use the image from the original owner (such as DC, Marvel or Square Enix for example) in order to protect yourself from a very nasty infringement claim being brought against you. While this may seem like a bit of an effort, it is best to cover your back rather than risk bankrupting yourself over something as minor as a winged cape.

Other than that, craft to your heart’s content my fellow geeks! I shall see you at a convention near you.

T xx

 

What’s so great about the Jedi anyway?

Star Wars is fantastic…there is no way anyone can deny that the influence Star Wars has had on society is vast and all consuming, and in some ways a star wars fan is the main definition of a ‘nerd’. Aside from Star Trek, there is no other science fiction story that has created such a passionate and loyal following: In the 2001 General Census, 390,127 people stated that their religion was Jedi. But are the Jedi really that great?

Misogyny

Throughout the entire series, you see very few women and almost all of the main Jedi are male. This may not be anything to thoroughly concern ourselves with (It was the 1970s when the original trilogy came out) and for the most part the few women that are focused on, Padme and Leia, are pretty badass women and not just arm candy for the male characters. However, why the focus on men? In the films, the entire cast is mostly male: Anakin, Obi-Wan, Emperor Palpatine, Yoda, etc etc. The few female Jedi that you see have no speaking lines and none of them appear to be in positions of power, such as sitting as part of the jedi council. There could be many reasons for this, as it is telling the tale of Anakin Skywalker and his family strife and so would make sense that it focuses on men. But still…why are there no female Jedi and why were they not as prominent as the men?

Jedi were the original Bros

According to Jedi teachings, Jedi are forbidden to form attachments with other people. They can not fall in love and can not marry, a fact that is one of the main drivers of Anakin’s transformation into Darth Vader (spoiler alert!). But there is nothing to say that they can’t have sex: As long as they do not form an attachment with the people they are having sex with, Jedi are allowed to..shall we say…hit it and quit it…as often as they like for however long they like with whomever they like.

Now that may be all well and good, but it is somewhat simplistic: If Jedi are not allowed to form attachments then why are they all so close? Obi-Wan tells Anakin that he loved him, that he was his brother, bu is that not a form of attachment that should go against the Jedi teachings? One of the main ways Obi-Wan manages to track down Anakin in Episode 3 is because he searches his feelings for Anakin to find out where he is. If attachments are not allowed, how is this still possible? Furthermore, while they may be taught to be ‘mindful of [their] thoughts’ it appears throughout the films that the phrase only applies to feelings of uncertainty, but for anything related to fear or hate then they are to be suppressed…just like a true patriarch.

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The light and the dark

Throughout the Star Wars series, it is stated that there is the light side, the Jedi, and the dark side, the sith. In Episode 1 we are introduced to the concept as to how a Jedi can turn to the dark side, as Master Yoda explains the (somewhat overly simple) steps: Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering and thus the steps to the dark side have begun. But why are the Jedi not even taught about how the Dark Side works? One of the reasons Anakin begins his descent into Darth Vader is because of his fear of losing those he loves (first with his mother and then with Padme) and since these feelings are some he is forbidden to have by the Jedi council, he has to turn to the Sith Lord Palpatine (again, spoilers!) in order to cope with them. But you wonder if things would have been different had the Jedi taught their padawans about the way the Dark Side worked: Surely it is not as simple as having a bad day, feeling a bit mad about it and whoops, now you’re a sith?

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End thoughts?

Loops holes, loopholes, loopholes. Now I fully appreciate that there is far more backstory to the Star Wars universe than these films actually let on, but for the most part, the films make Jedi look useless: Order 66 happened in a matter of seconds and no matter how strong and powerful the Jedi Masters appear to be, they still went down pretty easy against a few clones. The Jedi are meant to be seen as the light side of the force, who use their power and their knowledge for the good of society and for the good of democracy, and yet everything they teach (at least according to the films anyway) makes them appear like frat boys, arguing over who has the highest midichlorian count and who loves democracy more.

I would definitely be a Sith. At least the Sith get powers of electricity literally at their fingertips…and usually have better one liners.

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T xx