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Kidrobot’s Allen Richardson Joins hobbyDB Advisory Board

Allen Richardson Kidrobot

Over the past year, hobbyDB has been collecting everything from Kidrobot, and now we’ve added Allen Richardson. No, he’s not a Vinyl Art Toy, he’s VP of Product and Marketing for Kidrobot, and he’s joining our Advisory Board.

The Kidrobot archive on hobbyDB is the most complete listing you will find anywhere on the internet, and Allen will be able to help us stay on top of all the new releases. “I get to work with the best independent vinyl artists and largest licenses available today,” he told us. “I love getting to live in two very different worlds and make a living within them both.”

If that sounds like a fun job, consider the rest of his history in the world of toys.

He started in the video game world with Konami, and then moved to Tiger Electronics. When Tiger was acquired by Hasbro, he was put in charge of their “Star Wars” product line. “It was a dream come true as I had collected action figures all of my life. My earliest memories were of receiving the very first Star Wars action figures for Christmas. Star Wars, and most all of what we call the “Boys Action” category, has been in my blood for a very long time.”

As Director of Marketing /Product for Hasbro, he handled a few other brands you may have heard of: Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, The Littlest Pet Shop, FurReal Friends, VideoNow, Hitclips, PooChi, and Furby for example.

And before coming to Kidrobot, he worked for Sphero. “I returned to Star Wars to work on everyone’s favorite new Droid: BB-8! Being able to take traditional toy play and add an app-based experience to it was truly innovative and memorable.”

Aside from those interests, he collects original comic art. His favorite piece is a Judge Dredd page from “2000AD” by Brian Bolland. “This page pairs my favorite character with my favorite artist. They are pretty rare, so I was elated to finally have it for my collection.”

hobbyDB is just as glad to have Allen on board.

This “Star Wars” Thing Might Turn Out to be Popular

Did you hear about the new “Star Wars” movie? No, not “The Force Awakens.” That’s soooo December of  2015.

But in December of 2016, “Rogue One,” a spin off of the “Star Wars” universe will land in cinemas, bringing the theatrical run of this franchise up to 8 films (or just 5 if you’re of a certain age and refuse to acknowledge the prequels).

star wars bb8 diorama

Either way, we found this BB-8 Diorama and some life size costumes at the 2016 Nuremburg Toy Fair. So it’s safe to say, the Force will be collectible for the forseeable future.

star wars rogue one costumes

The 10 Rarest Star Wars Action Figures Are Out of this World

With Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally upon us, there has never been a better time to celebrate the rarest Star Wars action figures.

lego stormtroopersIn fact, collectors owe a lot to the Star Wars fan base. Ever since A New Hope was released in 1977, Star Wars fans have helped build the franchise into the empire it is today. Just as the movies became a fixture in pop culture, so too have fans made collectible toys a sought after commodity by Jedis and Padawans alike. Even people with minimal knowledge of Star Wars are aware of how valuable its mint-condition toys can be, and “collector series” figures have been produced that cater to both kids and adults. Even if collectors have enjoyed collecting since the creation of stamps, Star Wars helped balloon the hobby into the phenomenon it is today.

With almost 40 years of merchandise under its belt, the following are some of the rarest collectibles that have been produced under the Star Wars brand.

small head han solo10: Small-Head Han Solo

Here’s a shocker: one of the oldest Star Wars toys is among the most valuable in the franchise. However, there’s more to the story than that. The 1978 Kenner toy was re-released to feature a larger, more realistic head, so the original toy with the smaller head had limited distribution. If you were lucky enough to snag one of these and have kept it in good condition, it can sell for over $1,000.

yak face9: Yak Face

Everyone remembers all the classic characters from the original Star Wars movies. Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Yak Face… yeah, Yak Face. You know, that unforgettable Yarkoran who briefly appeared in Return of the Jedi? What Star Wars fan doesn’t remember Yak Face!? Okay, in all seriousness, the confused look you’re probably making explains why this one was so rare. Officially named “Saelt-Marae” in the Star Wars canon, the Yak Face toy line was prematurely shut down due to slumping sales. It’s said that the excess figures were shipped to Canada and Europe, so naturally the rarity of the figure in the United States skyrocketed. Like Han Solo, the unfortunately named figure is worth over $1,000 in good condition.

Boba_Fett_21-Back_Action_Figures_6e4462cb-ecaa-4119-9863-e71bc8522ffc8: Boba Fett with Rocket Blaster

Boba Fett is so deadly, the universe was afraid of him before he even appeared in a movie. Prior to the release of The Empire Strikes Back, the Kenner toy company produced this Boba Fett figure during a promotional campaign. However, because the rocket blaster he came with was deemed a choking hazard, the toy was delayed and modified with the blasting functionality removed. One of the original versions of the toy can go for over $2000, and a mint condition version of the figure has gone for as high as $27,000.

anakin skywalker7: Power of the Force Anakin Skywalker

If you remember a time when Hayden Christensen wasn’t the face of Anakin Skywalker, then we have the collectible for you. As one of the last figures released in the Power of the Force line, Anakin wasn’t very popular when the toy hit the shelves in the mid 80s. However, as Anakin became a key fixture in the series with the launch of the prequel trilogy, interest in the old figure increased exponentially. While fans may have ignored the toy a long time ago, Anakin is worth over $3,000 today.

vlix6: Vlix

Vlix is a relic of the unfortunate Star Wars: Droids animated series, which didn’t even last a year after it aired. Fortunately for this esoteric alien, he would be renewed in the fanbase years later. Due to the poor run of the show, the Vlix figure was only released in Brazil by toy distributor Glasslite. Because of its extreme rarity and limited distribution, Vlix can be sold for over $4,000 in auction.

obi wan kenobi5: Obi-Wan Kenobi with Double Telescoping Lightsaber

As another vintage toy from 1978, your only hope of obtaining this rare Obi-Wan Kenobi figure is to shell out thousands of dollars in auction. Obi-Wan Kenobi by himself may not break the bank, but the Double Telescoping Lightsaber he came with was both frail and hard to produce. The figure was recalled and replaced with a cheaper lightsaber, making the original instantly collectible. Expect to see this sell for over $6,000 in good condition.

darth vader4: Darth Vader with Double Telescoping Lightsaber

Don’t even think your collection will get easier to complete by going to the dark side. One moment you think you’re getting rare toys for cheaper, and next thing you know, you’re told you destroyed your collection in your anger. Darth Vader is rare for the same reasons the above Obi-Wan figure is, so expect to pay over $6,000 for this one.

lego c 3po3: Solid Gold Lego C-3PO

That’s right, Lego actually made a solid gold Minifigure, and you can only imagine how rare this one is.

Not to be confused with the gold plated Lego C-3PO, this 14-Karat Gold Minifigure was produced as part of a promotional sweepstakes in Lego Magazine. Only 5 of these toys were ever created, and tracking down where they wound up is no small feat. Being that the toy appeals to both Star Wars and Lego fans, this rarity can sell for anywhere between $10,000 – $15,000

star wars fx 72: FX-7 Medical Droid

Beauty, as they say, is in the eye of the beholder. The same can be said for value, especially in the case of the FX-7 Medical Droid figure. This Palitoy drone was considered uncommon at best on the second-hand market, but then a mint condition version of the toy sold for a shocking $12,000 during an auction. Headlines lit up in the aftermath of the sale, and the market became by and large confused as to what this droid is really worth. Expect to drop a pretty penny if this is the droid you’re looking for, but we honestly can’t tell you what to expect for a steady price range.

jawa vinyl cape1: Vinyl Cape Jawa

With all the major names in Star Wars that have appeared so far, it almost seems inappropriate that a mere Jawa would top off this list. Then again, it wouldn’t be the first time Star Wars let the most unexpected creatures take the spotlight. During the original run of the toys in 1978, it was decided that the vinyl cape should be replaced with a more sturdy cloth cape. As with many toys on the list, this made the original figures instantly collectible and worth thousands of dollars today in good condition. While many fake recreations of the vinyl cape Jawa can be found online, an authentic toy in mint condition is worth upwards of $18,000. This may be an unexpected holy grail among Star Wars collectibles, but we’re sure anyone who purchased one in 1978 wouldn’t complain!

Help! Our Coffee Maker Looks Like Darth Vader!

Darth Vader probably likes his coffee black, right?

vadercoffee copy

We just noticed that our office coffee maker looks like Darth Vader when it’s open. So let’s have a contest… Use your Photoshop skills to make this photo even cooler, and post it in the comments on our Facebook page. Best image wins a $10 shopping credit on the hobbyDB website! Entires must be in by 11:59 pm Wednesday, May 20, 2015! CONTEST IS OVER!

10 Crazy Things You Never Knew About Lego

Lego was founded in 1932 and continues to inspire play and creativity for all generations. Here are ten crazy things you never knew about Lego.

lego logo1. The Lego name was derived from the Danish phrase “Leg godt,” meaning “play well.”

solid gold lego2. One of the most expensive lego bricks is valued at $14,500. From 1979-1981, Lego used to give a 14k solid gold lego brick to employees that had 25 years of employment.

lego serious play3. One of the most expensive Lego sets ever for sale at the Lego Shop was priced at $754.99, the Lego Serious Play Connections Kit.

gold lego c3po4. One of the most expensive Lego Minifigures is valued for $10,000-$15,000. In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Star Wars, Lego had a contest and only 5 winners received a 14K Gold C-3PO Minifigure making them the rarest Minifigs ever.

largest lego collection5. The Guinness World Record for most completed Lego sets in a private collection is 1,091 Lego sets. Kyle Ugone, a marine, from Yuma, Arizona, USA holds the record as of July 23, 2011.

lego millennium falcon6. One of the most expensive Lego sets is valued at $2,000. The Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon went from retail price at $899 in 2017 and is worth much more sealed in the box.

lego minifigs7. There are over 4 billion Lego Minifigures around the world. Twelve minifigures are produced every second.

Avohkii Mask lego8. One of the most expensive Lego Pieces ever sold was $15,000. Andre Hurley paid $15,000 for a Platinum Avohkii Mask of Light from the discontinued Lego Bionicle line.

lego milan tower9. The world record for the tallest Lego tower is 115 feet. In Milan, Italy it took 580,000 bricks, five days, and help from thousands of children to create the world’s tallest Lego tower.

lego house10. It took 3.3 million Lego bricks to build a life-size house. In 2009, James May built this house with a working toilet, shower, and bed.