REVIEW: Disney’s Artoo-Detoo and See-Threepio

May 4, 2017 – This month marks the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, and what better way to celebrate it than to revisit two old friends: R2-D2 and C-3PO.

Disney’s Droid Factory line has released a combo two-pack of our favorite droids who we first met on the Tantive IV in the original Star Wars movie 40 years ago.

From the special packaging, which pays homage to the very beginnings of our droids’ journey, to the super-articulation and the dusty Tatooine sand-colored paint wash on the two figures, there is much to love about Disney’s latest release.

What We Like

Collectors will absolutely love the packaging, with its classic black-and-white Star Wars logo and double-lines, the image of R2-D2 and C-3PO lost in the sands of Tatooine, and the two bubble-enclosed droids on the cardback.

Disney paid special attention to the packaging and got the details right by using the original long-form spelling of “Artoo Detoo” and “See-Threepio”, an echo from the original movie and Kenner toy line four decades ago. A shiny foil sticker with the 40th anniversary logo, placed on the top right of the cardback, is a nice reminder of how far we have come.

TIP: To preserve the cardback, use an X-ACTO knife. Slice open only the left, right and bottom of the bubble to release the figures.

The only thing missing is the vintage “Kenner” label, which is now replaced with a “Droid Factory” label at the top left of the card. And we couldn’t be happier. Where Hasbro has failed fans over the last five years, Disney’s Droid Factory line is now filling the void with its super-articulated 3.75-inch figures, new astromech and protocol droids, and careful paint applications.

The two-pack was revealed just three weeks ago when Disney Parks announced at Star Wars Celebration Orlando (April 13-16, 2017) that Protocol Droids were now a part of the Droid Factory experience. The combo of Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) and See-Threepio (C-3PO) is among the first of Disney’s Star Wars 40th anniversary commemoratives.

C-3PO comes with an impressive 21 points of articulation, including a swivel head, swivel shoulders, ball-jointed elbows, swivel wrists, ball-jointed torso, swivel hips, and ball-jointed knees and ankles.

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In addition to C-3PO’s dirt wash, you will notice that his lower right leg is painted silver. Some longtime fans claim that both legs have always been gold. Others believe the lower right leg was originally silver.

Some of the ongoing discussion can be found HERE. But we will accept the word of Anthony Daniels, who has occupied Threepio’s suit since Day One. In an interview with USAToday in December, 2015, he asserted the lower right leg was originally silver. Daniels recalled, “Even the stills photographer, John Jay, came up to me one day and said, ‘Why are you wearing a silver leg today.’ Now, he was the stills photographer, and he hadn’t noticed.”

By contrast, Artoo has never been the subject of much controversy. Depending on the scene, either he is scuffed and dirty, or he is polished up and shiny – ceremonial Artoo, anyone?

But it is the sand-blasted version we prefer, evoking memories of the duo’s adventures on Tatooine.

Artoo has eight points of articulation: a swivel dome, swivel legs, swivel feet, hinge-jointed left and right legs, and a hinge-jointed third or middle leg. In addition, all three legs have tiny wheels at the bottom of the feet, so you can roll Artoo any which way.

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What We Do Not Like

The Disney Team goofed when they wrote on the back of the card: “C-3PO is a Protocol droid that is fluent in more than seven million forms of communication.” As this version of C-3PO is from the Original Trilogy, the correct usage is “more than six million”.

Here is the proof from Return of the Jedi (1983);

But, hey, what’s another million? Unless we’re talking money….

Priced at $24.99, this is not a cheap purchase, and we wish the price were not so Disney-inflated and more budget friendly to kids and collectors alike. Nonetheless, you can still save 20% if you or someone you know has a Disney Annual Pass or Disney Vacation Club (timeshare) membership.

The duo are available either in certain stores at Disney Theme Parks or via the Shop Disney Parks app. The app will pinpoint the store(s) and provide stock availability.

On Ebay, the duo are currently listed anywhere from $35 to $45.

Released in April, 2017, these are the newest Disney Droid Factory droids (L to R): R-3DO, Artoo-Detoo & See-Threepio, and C1-10P “Chopper”

REVIEW: Disney’s R-3DO

May 2, 2017 – Disney’s all-new R-3DO protocol droid was first offered at Star Wars Celebration Orlando (April 13-16, 2017). But you can find the bright red droid with the piercing yellow eyes at certain Disney Theme Park stores and, on occasion, using the Shop Disney Parks app ($12.99).

But first a question: What is the difference between a red Tootsie Roll Pop and the bright red figure from Disney’s Droid Factory?

ANSWER: They are both luminescently red, but the Tootsie Pop is zero-POA while R-3DO is 21POA.

All kidding aside, you might actually enjoy having a Tootsie Pop more.

What We Don’t Like

Collectors’ hunger for super-articulated figures is so great that they might well be happy with the super-poseable R-3DO, which offers an impressive 21 points of articulation.

While we are thrilled with the return of articulated joints, the fundamental problem with R-3DO is the oddly bright-red coloring. Visually the shiny red hue reminds us of candy – a Tootsie Roll Pop or a gummy bear, perhaps. In our view, the action figure’s color does not match the R-3DO character seen standing behind General Leia on the tarmac in The Force Awakens. A more muted, darker tone of red would have been a better match.

Essentially, this is a clone of C-3PO with new paint coloring. Aesthetically, we can’t believe the bright red figure will be anyone’s favorite to collect or display.

But if you are a collector of Disney’s Droid Factory figures, or a big droid fan in general, or seek every last The Force Awakens figure, then all that red plastic will not dissuade you from purchasing him.

What We Do Like

Once you get beyond the splash of red, R-3DO is a fun figure to pose.

He has 21 points of articulation: a swivel head, swivel shoulders, ball-jointed elbows, swivel wrists, a ball-jointed torso, swivel hips, ball-jointed knees, and ball-jointed ankles.

And because R-3DO is symmetrical, slim and lightweight, he doesn’t have an off-center or heavy center of gravity. So posing the droid is relatively easy.

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Priced at $12.99, R-3DO will not please everyone’s budget. However, if you or someone you know has a Disney Annual Pass or Disney Vacation Club (timeshare) membership, you can buy the droid at 20% off, or for $10.39.

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If you decide to pass on this purchase, R-3DO’s absence from your collection likely will not be noticed. There will always be better protocol and astromech droids coming down the pipeline from the Droid Factory collection. And for that, we have to say, “Thank you, Disney!”

Current Voting Tally in Fans’ Choice Poll for The Vintage Collection

April 29, 2017 – Hasbro and have narrowed the selection to six characters in The Vintage Collection Fans’ Choice Poll. You have until 12:00 PDT/3:00 PM EDT, Tuesday, May 2nd, to cast your vote for the next 3.75-inch figure in the 2018 line.

The current vote tally, as of the morning of April 29th, shows the following results:

The six candidates are an interesting mix, offering a variety of choices to fans of the Original Trilogy, Star Wars Rebels, The Clone Wars, and the Expanded Universe.

The final six candidates in The Vintage Collection Fans’ Choice Poll. Voting ends May 2, 2017, at 12:00 pm PDT.

Meet the Six Candidates

(1) Doctor Aphra: With 29% of the vote, Doctor Aphra has a surprisingly wide lead. This is no doubt a testament to the great popularity of the new Star Wars: Doctor Aphra comic book series, launched in October, 2016.

As the new anti-hero, Doctor Aphra debuted in Marvel’s Star Wars: Darth Vader No. 3 (2015) as a secondary character. Within two years, however, the snarky and popular personality has become a lead character and a fan favorite. describes her as “a self-proclaimed ‘rogue archaeologist’. She’s essentially an inverse Indiana Jones obsessed with discovering weapons not to store in a museum, but to be used. It’s a concept that makes her a fascinating anti-hero, but allows for some great set pieces as she gets herself into scrapes uncovering her latest treasure…She, by her very nature, illustrates a moral complexity somewhat unusual in Star Wars. Aphra is very clearly not a hero, nor even a good person — something demonstrated when she clashes with the Rebellion in issues of Star Wars — but she’s not exactly a villain, either, despite being allied with the Empire. Think of her as an archaeologist version of the bounty hunters from The Empire Strikes Back, perhaps.”

(2) Ahsoka Tano: The next vote-leader at 20% is Ahsoka Tano. For fans of Star Wars Rebels, she needs no introduction. Her action figure almost always sells out quickly.

Ahsoka’s inclusion in the poll is a head-scratcher and we can’t help but wonder why she is a finalist. A super-articulated 3.75-inch Ahsoka, with 22 points of articulation, was already released in September, 2016, in The Black Series (Walmart Exclusive) line.

One of the purposes of the Fans’ Choice Poll is to select the more obscure characters, whom fans hope to bring to Hasbro’s attention with the goal of producing a super-articulated figure. While we love Ahsoka, it’s time to give another character a chance at production.

(3) Yak Face: Coming in at No. 3 is Saelt-Marae (Yak Face) with 16% of the vote. Original Trilogy fans will no doubt be thrilled that this tertiary character (he doesn’t have any speaking lines and is seen, only briefly, lurking in the background) has made the Final Six.

Star Wars fans and collectors love their esoteric characters. The weirder, the better. If characters have appeared in the Cantina bar, Jabba’s Palace, or Maz Kanata’s Castle, bring ’em on.

Saelt-Marae (Yak Face) posed as a harmless merchant but was really an informant for Jabba the Hutt. When Jabba died at the Great Pit of Carkoon, Yak Face stole many of his secret financial records and disappeared. Now, however, he has a decent shot at re-appearing, at least as a super-articulated action figure.

(4) ARC Trooper Fives: So far, Fives has received 15% of the fan vote. The more clone troopers, the better.

“Also known as CT-27-5555, Fives trained with Domino Squad on Kamino before being shipped out to the Rishi Moon listening outpost. He survived the Separatist attack on the station there, and was transferred to the 501st Legion alongside his squadmate and fellow survivor, Echo. Fives and Echo were promoted to ARC trooper status after the defense of Kamino from Separatist invaders. He and Echo were later assigned with the difficult mission of freeing Republic prisoners from the daunting Citadel prison installation on Lola Sayu. He and Echo were later part of a mission to free Republic prisoners from the Separatist prison called the Citadel. Echo fell in battle, leaving Fives as Domino.” [Source:]

(5) Emperor Palpatine: No one doubts the popular appeal of the ancient master of evil, Emperor Palpatine, who has garnered 11% of the vote. But similar to the elevation of Ahsoka Tano, we can’t help but wonder why he is in the Final Six.

Hasbro has, is, and will always produce an Emperor Palpatine. It’s time to give the more obscure characters a chance to shine.

(6) Sim Aloo: Similar to Yak Face, Sim Aloo is one of those in-the-background characters from the Original Trilogy that has no speaking lines and no significant role. His inclusion in the Final Six says more about the esoteric and nostalgic mystique and pull of Sim Aloo, than about his role in the story of Star Wars.

So who is your favorite in the Final Six? Vote now and let your voice be heard.

REVIEW: Disney’s C1-10P “CHOPPER”

April 28, 2017 – Disney’s amazing Droid Factory series never ceases to impress. Disneys latest release, the ever popular C1-10P droid, or “Chopper”, packs an incredible punch in its little 2.25-inch tall frame.

An all-new release (April 2017), the sassy droid allows you to replicate its numerous scenes and poses as seen in Star Wars Rebels. In fact, we counted an impressive 16 points of articulation (up from only 3 POA’s in Hasbro’s oft-criticized version).

Disney’s Chopper will take pride of place in either your Star Wars Rebels collection or in your droid display. There are so many admirable qualities (yes, we are gushing), where to begin?

First, the paint applications are sharp and detailed, faithfully mimicking the on-screen droid.

Second, Chopper comes with 16 points of articulation (listed below). You will find near-limitless ways to pose and display the little runt droid.

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Third, the purposely mismatched droid comes with four legs: Out of the package, three legs are already attached, including a wheeled left leg, a different-looking wheeled right leg, and a middle leg whose wheel looks suspiciously like it came from a shopping cart. The fourth extra leg is a loose accessory, which allows you to re-enact the Season 2 episode, “The Forgotten Droid”. In that episode, Chopper steals another astromech’s leg.

We’re so glad Disney noticed!

Finally, the middle leg (the shopping cart wheeled leg) can be removed and replaced with a booster jet.

How Hasbro’s 2014 Version Differs

Hasbro was the first to release its version of Chopper in November, 2014, in the Rebels Saga Legends toy line. Priced then at $6.99, the Ralph McQuarrie-inspired droid was difficult to find perhaps due to the popularity of Star Wars Rebels and its brave droid, or perhaps due to Hasbro’s failure to produce sufficient quantities.

At first glance, Hasbro’s Chopper is a beauty to behold with its bright orange dome and nicely executed paint applications. But the No. 1 complaint from fans has been the droid’s woefully limited articulation: The articulation includes a swivel dome and two swivel legs. That’s it.

Hasbro’s Chopper (left) versus Disney’s Chopper (right) [Photo Credit:]

Missing from Hasbro’s lazy version is Chopper’s unique third leg – humorously, on-screen it looks suspiciously like a shopping cart wheel. Also missing is the jet booster, which allows Chopper to fly around. And most glaring of all are the missing arm attachments, which extend from Chopper’s dome and are a key design feature from the late great Ralph McQuarrie.

In the video below, YouTuber SithLord229 (“Steve”) points out the flaws of Hasbro’s 2014 Chopper:

Disney’s C1-10P fixes all those shortcomings with its incredible sixteen (16!) points of articulation: swivel dome, moveable antenna, swivel front repair arm, left shoulder, right shoulder, double-jointed left arm, double-jointed right arm, swivel left leg, swivel right leg, hinged left foot, hinged right foot, and rolling wheels on all three legs.

In addition, Disney’s Chopper comes with two accessories: a booster rocket (pull off the third wheeled-leg and insert the rocket) and an interchangeable right leg.

Where to Find Disney’s Chopper

Chopper was ostensibly a Star Wars Celebration Orlando exclusive (April 13-16, 2017) available at the Disney exhibit on the main show floor. But that “exclusive” label is a bit misleading because nowhere on the packaging – either through an “SWCO” exclusive label or unique markings – does this figure appear any different from the version you can now find at certain Disney Parks.

We picked up our version at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando at the “Mickey’s of Hollywood” store near the park entrance. Priced at $12.99 (or $10.39 with your Annual Passholder 20% discount or Disney Vacation Club 20% discount), Chopper will add great value to your collection of droids or Rebels characters.

Just over a week ago, Chopper was briefly available for purchase on the Shop Disney Parks app with shipping to U.S. addresses. Currently, however, Chopper is only available for in-store purchase. Use the app to locate the store(s) and stock availability.

Buy two Choppers: You’ll be doubly grateful!

A Complementary Point of View

A Custom-Built Jabba’s Palace and Rancor Cave

April 27, 2017 – Over the years, we have featured some custom-built Star Wars vehicles and themed sets made by model-builder David Styles of Colorado.

Some of the more complex creations have included:

Jabba’s Sail Barge
The Sarlacc Pit
The Emperor’s Throne Room
● a Neimoidian Shuttle

Best of all, each vehicle or themed environment is compatible with your 3.75-inch action figures. The scaled proportions allow you to pose your vintage Star Wars figures in any number of configurations.

In keeping with that interactive tradition, David Styles’ newest custom-built creation is Jabba’s Palace and Rancor Cave. This is no easy feat considering how much larger the themed environment must be to accommodate the large Jabba and an even larger Rancor Monster.

A Two-in-One Combined Environment

The model set pictured below was built for a Singaporean customer. (Yes, David Styles does accept custom requests.) The detailed Jabba’s Palace and Rancor Cave are really two playsets, one stacked upon the other.

Jabba’s Palace (top) and the Rancor Cave (below). [All photo credits: David Styles]

The dimensions are 48″L x 24″W x 30″H (122cm L x 61cm W x 76cm H), large enough to fit most all of Jabba the Hutt’s entourage.

The palace is made of cardboard and foam core with resin grates that allow light into the throne, cave and trophy areas. David added, “I painted the palace walls with a coarse texture acrylic paint to give it a sand/stone look. For this diorama, the fan I made it for is going to paint the weathering and aging on the walls, install the TaunTaun heads in the Trophy Room and install the controls panels in the caves.”

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Special Features and Details

David points out that “the palace floor has a trap door to the Rancor cave for unsuspecting enemies of the noble Jabba. And the large grates on the palace floor allow Jabba and his henchmen to enjoy the viewing of the Rancor while it dismembers its meals.”

The BBQ grill behind Jabba’s throne is made of resin and and wood dowels. The charcoal is coarse sand painted black, yellow and red.

Beneath Jabba’s throne is the Rancor’s cave, which is constructed from several materials, including cardboard and crumpled paper with a plaster coating for the rock structure. These materials are superimposed on a wood frame for stability. The paint application consists of a brownish-gray wash and then spray painted with a stone-textured finish.

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Notice the gate separating the small and large caves. The wooden gate slides up through the ceiling of the cave and outside the right wall of the throne.

The grand cave also features a smaller cave for Luke to hide in while the Rancor eats any unfortunate Gamorrean Guards or Twi’lek dancers.

As for the bones and skeletons, David says they are remnants from Halloween. You can find them seasonally at your local craft store, drug store or thrift shop such as Dollar General or Dollar Store.

The small cave to the left will fit Jabba’s Dungeon playset. The small cave to the right features a sliding barred door, behind which the Rancor Keeper can safely watch his favorite pet. The base measures four feet long (48″ L /122cm L).

For direct inquiries, you can email David Styles at this link.

When Is an “Exclusive” Not an Exclusive?

April 26, 2017 – The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word “exclusive” as:

Adjective. (1) not shared: available to only one person or group

(2) available to only a few people because of high cost”

The concept of an “exclusive product” for sale to the public is not difficult to understand: Vendors advertise an item as being exclusively available at one event (such as Star Wars Celebration), or to a limited and eligible class (“This offer available only to qualified veterans“), or from only one vendor.

Exclusivity is a marketing device with the goal of heightening consumer interest and demand. By creating a perception that a product is being offered at only one venue, one event, to an eligible class, or for a limited time, the vendor is essentially communicating “limited supply”. And as we all know from your basic Economics class, when demand exceeds supply, the market price will go up.

Hasbro’s Star Wars 40th Anniversary Six-Inch Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot) at Celebration Orlando: A Case Study

An exclusive? (Photo Credit: Hasbro)

Leading up to and during Star Wars Celebration Orlando (April 13-16, 2017), Hasbro helped to foster buzz and excitement about its Black Series 6-inch scale Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot action figure. Priced at $27.00, tax included, the Luke Skywalker figure reportedly sold out at Celebration Orlando.

Numerous collector websites and social media outlets discussed the exclusive nature of Hasbro’s Luke figure.

Anticipating high demand, the Star Wars Celebration website spelled out some strict rules in order to obtain the “exclusive” action figure.

In short, allegedly you could not even step foot into the Hasbro store the first two days (April 13th and 14th) without a “Hasbro Exclusive ticket”. page discussing rules for obtaining the Luke X-Wing Pilot figure.

The Celebration website further states: “You cannot get into the Hasbro line to purchase anything at their booth without a ticket on Thursday or Friday, regardless if what you’re purchasing is the Hasbro Exclusive or not. On Thursday and Friday the only fans that can shop in the Hasbro booth are those with tickets.”

Presumably, event organizer ReedPOP, which also controls the website, received this eligibility information from Hasbro.

This ticket, handed out Thursday, April 13, 2017, allowed admission to the booth.

Predictably, the Luke (X-Wing Pilot) figure sold out at Star Wars Celebration Orlando. And presumably, because this was an exclusive item, there were no more Lukes to be had.

But this begs the question: Was the Luke figure exclusively to be sold only at Star Wars Celebration Orlando? Or is the Luke figure merely “a Hasbro exclusive” – in which case, that phrase is practically meaningless. In the worst light, it might even be misleading. Of course the figure is “exclusive to Hasbro” because no other company has the license to produce and distribute it.

Judging by all the headlines and chatter among numerous collector websites and news organizations, a reasonable interpretation is that Luke was supposed to be a Celebration Orlando exclusive.

Reports of Six-Inch Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot Figure Being Sold After Celebration Orlando

Star Wars Celebration Orlando ran from April 13 through April 16, 2017. Nine days later, or on April 25th, the same Luke figure became available for sale on the site. Retailing for $24.99, plus applicable tax, the popular figure quickly sold out on the same day. advertising its Black Series 40th Anniversary Luke Skywalker X-wing Pilot

Predictably, the “exclusive” versus “non-exclusive” nature of the Luke figure lit up a firestorm of discussion on social media. For one such example, read the comments HERE at

Collectors become somewhat passionate about the supposedly “exclusive” nature of an item because of the time and effort involved in obtaining the item: If the Luke figure truly were exclusive to Celebration Orlando, then that fact meant you had to have spent considerable time in multiple lines to get the Hasbro booth admission ticket, then to enter the Celebration show floor, then to line up yet again at the Hasbro booth. All of this entails time and money.

The dopamine-like reward is pride of ownership and pride of accomplishment. There is a certain cachet to possessing a supposedly exclusive Luke figure.

The flip-side of the argument – especially from those not able to attend Celebration Orlando – is that the greater the availability of the Luke figure, the greater the social good. If more consumers can get their hands on Luke, then so much the better. As a bonus, increased availability undermines the efforts of the despised scalpers.

So what’s the problem?

Potential Violations of Consumer Protection Laws?

At a visceral level, nobody likes to be fooled, manipulated or taken advantage of. At an economic level, nobody wants to pay an artificially inflated price, based on either false advertising or a false assumption.

And so every U.S. state has a consumer protection law that prohibits deceptive practices, including untrue or misleading advertising. Many states prohibit unfair or unconscionable practices as well. Collectively, the statutes are known as Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices or UDAP statutes.

Consumer protection laws cover many areas, including product liability, privacy rights, unfair business practices, fraud, misrepresentation, and more.

To be clear, we are not asserting that Hasbro,, or any other vendor is in violation of any such laws. However, with so many news organizations and collector websites discussing the Luke figure as a “Celebration Orlando exclusive”, we have to ask: Where did they all get this information from?

Moreover, the official Star Wars Celebration Orlando website, promoted and advertised the Luke figure as “a Hasbro Exclusive”. It says so in the headliner HERE.

Do you see the legal problem?

If Hasbro has been advertising or promoting its Luke Skywalker figure as a “Celebration exclusive”, when it now clearly is not, then that may open the company to a consumer-protection investigation. Alternatively, if Hasbro is acquiescing to the official Star Wars Celebration website promotion of the “Hasbro Exclusive” – without making any attempt to correct what may be a misleading impression – then the toy company is complicit in the advertising campaign.

The same issue has arisen in the recent past with Hasbro’s six-inch Kylo Ren and Obi-Wan Kenobi action figures, which were ostensibly exclusive to either Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 (in regard to Kylo Ren) or to the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con (in regard to Obi-Wan). When the figures were made available for sale again after their respective convention roll-outs, they were arguably no longer “exclusive” to the convention.

Why Should We Care?

If there is a finding of illegality by a vendor – such as false or deceptive advertising – then we should all care. As a matter of public policy, the states have already determined that private vendors may not deceive the public with false or misleading advertising.

Even if a vendor, such as Hasbro, falls in a gray area because of cleverly-worded advertising which does not technically violate a consumer-protection law (“It’s a Hasbro Exclusive“), there is still something off-putting about the entire “exclusivity” campaign. Taken in full context, a reasonable consumer would interpret the Luke figure to be a “convention exclusive”, available nowhere else.

Either an item is exclusive or it’s not. Hyping demand and manipulating consumers to open their wallets a bit wider can ultimately hurt a company’s image and branding.

If it were up to us, we would end the gimmickry of “exclusivity” labels or restricted offers.

Instead, open wide the floodgates of production. Let everyone who wants a Luke, a Kylo or an Obi-Wan, have a fair chance to purchase one. And let the free market determine a fair price.

That would be a win-win for everyone.

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

SOMEWHAT RELATED ARTICLE: 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.

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