How To Replace Vinyl Capes on Your Vintage Star Wars Figures

April 22, 2017 – Dave Moss has a passion for restoring vintage toys from Star Wars and other retro toy lines. Thanks to him and his Toy Polloi YouTube channel, you can now replace the torn or missing vinyl capes and cloth capes from your Star Wars action figures.

If you have beaters or “naked” Star Wars figures laying about, you can now rescue them from your Island of Misfit Toys with the clever instructions and cape patterns provided in the Toy Polloi videos.

Keep in mind that color-matching the vinyl or cloth from the vintage capes of decades ago can be somewhat challenging. But if you are looking to create capes that are inexpensive, easy to make, and “close enough” in appearance, then the Toy Polloi videos below will show you how.

Emperor’s Royal Guard Replacement Cape


Be careful not to break the head of the Emperor’s Royal Guard, which is glued on. See how to properly remove the head here:

Obi-Wan Kenobi Replacement Cape


Princess Leia Organa Replacement Cape


Jawa Replacement Vinyl Cape


You could, of course, turn to Ebay or other third parties to find a replacement cape. But as the video below demonstrates, the vinyl color you receive in the mail may be a terrible mismatch for your vintage Jawa figure. Why not, instead, take your Jawa with you to the hobby craft store or discount store, and see if you can find a more perfect color match?

Snowtrooper Replacement Cape


Technically, the Snowtrooper does not wear a “cape” per se. The vinyl wrap attaches itself only around the waist. But what great army-building fun you will have as you make these snow-white vinyl replacements for all your “cape”-less Snowtroopers.

General Lando Replacement Cape


Vintage 12-Inch Darth Vader Replacement Cape


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Imperialgunnery.com has an excellent visual guide and notes comparing original capes, variants, repros and counterfeit capes. The article, which you can read HERE, is well worth your time and a great resource.

TIP: If you google image, say, “Star Wars vintage capes” or “ffurg snowtrooper”, you will find a wealth of cape patterns and websites discussing them.

DOWNLOAD: You can download the cape patterns HERE for free, courtesy of ToyPolloi.

SUPPORT: If you are a fan of Toy Polloi and would like to support the videos, check out: patreon.com/toypolloi.

For decal and sticker PDF’s, visit toypolloi.com.

So How Much Did You Spend at Star Wars Celebration Orlando?

April 19, 2017 – So how much did you spend at Star Wars Celebration Orlando?

If you are suffering from buyer’s remorse or feel a bit guilty from blowing the bank, take comfort in what your fellow travelers have spent. Or if you are just curious, read the Facebook comments below.

A Facebook reader on the “Flying Solo at Star Wars Celebrations” page asked fellow members how much they had spent. Predictably, travel and lodging were the biggest expenses. And while some splurged on big-ticket items (autographs, photo ops, certain collectibles, even tatoos), others were very frugal and still had a blast.

A great way to save on lodging costs was to share a room. A number of Facebook members in the Flying Solo group found a fellow member or two to help split hotel costs.

Staying at a moderate-priced motel, while it was further away from the convention center, helped to keep costs down.

These readers say they spent, respectively, $600, $600, $1,000, $1,000-2000, and $1,100.

If you spent around $1,500, including air fare, you’re probably somewhere in the middle of the pack.

Bruce wins our “Smart Shopper” award as he closely tracked his spending and kept his costs low by using frequent flyer points, uber and relying on groceries ($39) for most of the week. As a bonus, he even won a $50 gift card at Disney Springs for screening a movie, which he applied toward some low-cost purchases. Total spent: About $548. By contrast, Ben’s experience ($2K) closely mirrors what a lot of other fans did as well.

Kevin spent $2,300, Sean $2,000, Fernand $3,000 (he flew from Germany), and Deb $1,500. Lakota flew in from South Africa, so we don’t know her total costs. But she did point out another budget-friendly idea: AirBnB. By spending only $300 for six nights, her daily lodging was only $50/night.

Some highs and lows: Alice spent only $67 while Kyle spent about $4,000, albeit for a full week. And it looks like Kasey slept in a van. You can’t put a price on that experience.

Another $4K spender was Wayne. But he spent 10 days in Orlando, so that works out to about $400 per day.

Rob from the UK spent £2.5K (about $3,200), Mairéad from Ireland spent 1500 Euro (about $1,600), Brett from Minnesotta $5,000, and Edo from the Netherlands 1250 Euro (about $1,340).

Evan Payne is the creator/admin for the Flying Solo group. His answer is our favorite:

So from a low of $67 to a high of $5,000 – at least in the comments above – fans from around the world found a way to make their way to Star Wars Celebration Orlando and to spend within their means.

Certainly the memories of Celebration Orlando will last a lifetime. And you can’t put a price on that, can you?

Why the Return of Hasbro’s Vintage Collection Is Such a Big Deal

April 18, 2017 – During the Hasbro panel at Star Wars Celebration Orlando on April 15th, Hasbro announced the return of the super-articulated (SA) 3.75-inch Vintage Collection.

A fan favorite, The Vintage Collection and the SA figures essentially stopped in 2012. While a few SA figures were still being released as exclusives through certain retailers, collectors had begun to believe that the 3.75-inch line was all but dead.

Hasbro did little to relieve collector anxiety with its cryptic remarks that every story has “a beginning, a middle and an end”; its release of 5POA figures to the chagrin of many collectors; and Hasbro’s greater focus on its 6-inch Black Series action figure line.

The Vintage Collection ran from the summer of 2010 through 2012. It began with Dengar (VC001) and ended with Darth Vader (VC115).

So why is the return of The Vintage Collection, after a half-decade’s absence, such a big deal to collectors?

1. As a collector-focused line, The Vintage Collection provides its figures the super-articulation and poseability that fans have been begging/pleading/pestering Hasbro for over the last five years. There will be no clumsy 5 points of articulation for any VC figure.

2. The Vintage Collection, which started in the summer of 2010 and continued through 2012, was abruptly put on hiatus by Hasbro for two years. But with the passage of time, “two years” became “maybe never”. The VC line’s announced return for the spring of 2018 means that longtime collectors can resume collecting a hugely popular set of figures.

3. The Vintage Collection’s product packaging is nearly identical to that of the original Kenner toy series sold between 1978 and 1984. Aesthetically, the VC packaging has proven to be, by far, one of the most popular designs.

4. The first SA figure in the VC line will be Rey from The Force Awakens. You can see her in the video above. This will be the first super-poseable Rey and will, no doubt, ignite fans’ hunger for a re-release of other figures in need of a SA update.

5. The next figure in the returning Vintage Collection line has not yet been determined as Hasbro is now conducting a fan poll. You can vote for your favorite alien, droid, hero or villain from the Star Wars universe. But hurry: the poll ends April 19th.

6. Unlike the Black Series 3.75-inch figures, which had become a Walmart exclusive, The Vintage Collection will be available at many retailers and at HasbroyToyShop.com. Walmart badly mismanaged the Black Series line, creating needless bottlenecks and limiting availability.

7. Finally, the return of The Vintage Collection is such a big deal because it means Hasbro is not completely tone-deaf to the preferences and requests of the fan base. This sign gives us great hope. While the toy company has had lots of misses and made terrible decisions in the last few years (Star Wars Angry Birds? Star Wars Command? 5POA?), it can, on occasion, do something incredibly smart.

Over 70,000 Fans Set New Attendance Record at Celebration Orlando 2017

April 18, 2017 – If you thought the lines and crowds at Star Wars Celebration Orlando somehow felt extra massive, you were right.

Disney/Lucasfilm and event organizer, ReedPOP, have unveiled the headcount at “more than 70,000”, breaking all past Celebration attendance records.

They released a message to fans, which reads in part:

“As Star Wars celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, Star Wars Celebration Orlando was especially important for Lucasfilm. We wanted to honor what came before and what comes next, from A New Hope to The Last Jedi, and George Lucas to Rian Johnson. We wanted to create compelling experiences, from The Star Wars Show LIVE! to panels on everything from Star Wars Battlefront II and Star Wars Rebels to theme parks and “Heroines of Star Wars.” And we wanted to remember Carrie Fisher and Kenny Baker, which made this anniversary a bittersweet one.

“But none of this would be possible or have real meaning without the fans who came — more than 70,000 of you, making this the biggest and most widely-attended Star Wars Celebration in our history. We are humbled by these numbers and by the outpouring of support we felt over Celebration. We know you take time out of your lives to come from far away and we so appreciate the love and hard work you put into your amazing costumes. Seeing the generations of fans who attended, this year in particular, was a reminder to us of the real power of these films and this event….”

You can read the full statement here.

The following video was shown for the first time at the Closing Ceremonies on April 16th:

The next Celebration will occur in 2019. The next host city has not yet been announced.

John Williams’ Surprise Performance at Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017

April 18, 2017 – Composer John Williams made a surprise appearance at Star Wars Celebration Orlando at the end of the “Mark Hamill’s Tribute to Carrie Fisher” panel.

John Williams performs at Celebration Orlando on April 14, 2017.

Fans were left teary-eyed after watching a video tribute to the late Carrie Fisher at the April 14th panel. But the emotional roller coaster was just beginning when suddenly, from stage left, a large black curtain slid open and a glow of purple lights revealed the 85-year-old composer and his symphony.

While the “powered by Verizon” live-stream is distorted at times, you can still relive the moment in the video below: