Toy Chest Theater: Darth Vader by Tanner Scott Mielken

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

So would this be…an inverted parody?

More than three decades after its release, Spaceballs remains the definitive Star Wars parody. Frankly, it’s not even a close race. Most of us who’ve seen the movie no doubt recall the moment when Colonel Sandurz (played by George Wyner) walks in on Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) playing with his dolls. Personally, I’d call them action figures. But that’s neither here nor there…

In this image, Tanner Scott Mielken takes that scene from a Spaceballs and flips it on its head, using the character that’s actually being parodied to parody that parody. Make sense?

Darth Vader, Tanner Scott Mielken

It doesn’t hurt that it’s funny just to see Darth Vader playing with dolls. So even if you haven’t seen Spaceballs, it works.

Incidentally, if you haven’t seen Spaceballs then run, do not walk, and find it. I’ll even help you: You can stream it for free on YouTube.

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Toy Chest Theater: Spock’s Little Friend by @toyfanatic

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

There isn’t a heck of a lot to this shot from @toyfanatic. But in this case, there doesn’t necessarily need to be. The juxtaposition of these two characters and the perspective of the shot are enough.

It pitches an interesting story too. Imagine if Spock, not the Mandalorian, had discovered Grogu…

Spock, Grogu, by @toyfanatic

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Toy Chest Theater: Boba Fett by @posable_art

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The Mandalorian has been good to Boba Fett. Not only did it give him a cleaner and somewhat sleeker outfit, but it finally showed us what looks like when he fires that rocket from his jet pack.

And from those great gifts, @posable_art gave us this great gift. As far as I’m concerned, this could have been a shot on the show.

Figure: S.H. Figuarts Boba Fett

Boba Fett by @posable_art

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Toy Chest Theater: Stormtroopers by Ryan Mitchell

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Well, you knew we had to do something with Star Wars today, what with it being May the Fourth. I’ve always liked Ryan Mitchell‘s shots. Obviously, he has a knack for images that look like old timey war photos. This one in particular has always stood out to me. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s an action shot. It looks like there’s just been an explosion nearby…

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Toy Chest Theater: The Mandalorian Collection, Vol. 1

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

As the trailer for the second season of The Mandalorian just dropped there’s no better time than now to bask in this show’s glory. We’re doing it with Rob Watches The Mandalorian, and we’re doing it here with “Toy Chest Theater.”

Enjoy!

Mando and the Child by Spencer Witt.

Mando and the Child by Bryan Konstantine.

Mando, the Child, Kermit, and Robin by instanobitoys.

Mando and cantina by Andy’s Toy Photography.

Mando and Cara Dune by mandalorianrunt.

 

Toy Chest Theater: The Mandalorian by Sean Kenary

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

God damn I miss The Mandalorian.

Thankfully, this image from Sean Kenary is here to tide me over another day. I could absolutely buy this as a shot from the TV show. While this scene obviously doesn’t take place there, I’m reminded of the show’s opening scene in the cantina. This shot could easily suggest that Mando got off a quick…well, shot.

It’s the bright orange smoldering effect that really makes the photo. It’s not often you get a toy pic that conveys temperature. But I can feel the wound-cauterizing heat radiating off the screen. The only little detail that might enhance it that much more? A trickle of smoke.

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Toy Chest Theater: Boba Fett and…Boba Cat?

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Some things are just so random, you can’t help but laugh when they’re juxtaposed against each other. Such is the case with this image from raffnav.

So is this Boba Cat? Is it a stray? How exactly does a cat come to wander on to a spaceship? In a galaxy far, far away no less. Maybe Fett heard about how much people love the Mandalorian and Baby Yoda, so he figured he needed a little sidekick of his own…

This image is actually the first in a series. Simply put, it’s Boba Fett with a bunch of animals. But this image is by far the stand out because of, for lack of a better term, its “body language.” Fett seems every bit as confused as we are. What’s more, you can read confrontation into the cat if you choose to.

“Hey! Put me down, bucket head!”

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Toy Chest Theater: Star Wars by Marcel Eisele

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

“Holy sh*t, this guy’s good!”

Did I say those words out loud when I saw Marcel Eisele’s images for the first time? No. But it almost happened. That’s got to count for something.

I’ve selected aside six shots for display, and narrowing the field was not easy. I opted to stick to Star Wars stuff, as that’s the arena he spends most of his time in. But on Eisele’s Instagram page,¬†you’ll also see characters from Marvel, Planet of the Apes, The Walking Dead, IT, among others. Honestly, some shots were downright painful to leave out. So don’t be surprised if you see him in this space again down the road…

What I find so amazing about Eisele’s work is that he’s able to do so much with so little. Or at least what seems like so little. Take this shot of Mace Windu. It’s really just a tight shot with a lighting effect. But given the face sculpt, and Eisele using just the right amount of lighting to keep half the figure’s face in the shadow, the end result has so much gravity. Imagine walking into this guy on the dark end of the street. Yeesh. A little bit of pee just came out.

In a write-up done by BanthaSkull.com about a year ago, Eisele mentions taking a lot of shots in his backyard. I can only assume that’s where this was taken. It’s tough to go wrong with a silhouette. Don’t discount the timing element here. It feels like sunsets go by really fast when you’re trying to beat the clock.

Again, seemingly very simple. What we have here is basically a superhero shot of Luke on Ahch-To. You get the right angle, and the cape and the background do most of the work. But what is the right angle? How far back go you go? How much of the terrain do you show? How do you nail the figure’s positioning? Somehow, Eisele answered all these questions correctly. Because what he gave us here is damn near iconic.

Here’s one that hits you right in the damn feels. We never did get to see Luke and Han on screen together one last time. It might have a Grumpy Old Men vibe to it. But who cares? It’s Luke and Han.

Eisele also does some customization, as is the case with these next two shots. I appreciate this one because it sneaks up on you. When you’re scrolling by, it’s easy to assume that’s Luke behind Rey. But when you actually look at it, you’re surprised to see it’s an alt-universe Han Solo. Rocking the Jedi Master beard, no less.

Then there’s this last one, which I absolutely love the imagination behind. A custom-made “Dark Side Obi-Wan Kenobi.” There’s also a shot of this figure with a red lightsaber, thus unofficially classifying him as an evil Sith. But I like this image better, as I’m not in love with the idea of an evil Obi-Wan. By not drawing focus with the lightsaber, this pic allows us to take in all the differences between this character and the one we knew from A New Hope. The bald head, the longer beard, the bare feet, the tattered and dirty robes. I like to imagine this figure as Obi-Wan from a darker timeline, as opposed to being on the dark side himself. Perhaps not Old Ben Kenobi, but Older Ben Kenobi.

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