My friend Philip Reed is finishing up his 9th self published book about toys, and it’s live now on Kickstarter. The best news it that it’s already fully funded so there’s no nailbiting on whether it will happen or not. You have 14 more days to head over to the Kickstarter campaign and reserve your copy!
More Star Wars toys as found in the newspaper ads of the seventies and eighties
Greetings and welcome to my ninth book about toys! Since 2012, I have written, designed, and published eight different books about toys. Now, with your support, I can send book nine off to the printer. For those of you new to my work, please visit www.battlegrip.com where I have been posting material for almost nine years.
A Galaxy of Action Figure Savings, a companion to last year’s Collect These Figures and Accessories, is a 96-page hardcover book loaded with newspaper ads, toy photos, commercial screenshots, and images of related marketing materials that I have managed to chase down. As with last year’s collection of newspaper ads, the advertisements featured in this book were captured digitally and edited in Photoshop.
Once the newspaper ads were collected together, the work of creating the book took several weeks as I constructed each page, tweaking and modifying the design as everything fell into place. As the sample pages here show, I did all I could do partner related materials together and, in some instances, bought toys I didn’t already own so that I could photograph them for the book.
Over two hundred images are packed within this book, giving all of us a closer look at Kenner’s Star Wars toys as they existed when new in stores. You can see the actual sale prices for the toys and follow along as Kenner’s Star Wars line fades at retail.
A Look Inside the Original Book
For those who have never seen the first book, Collect These Figures and Accessories, I have created a short video showing every page. This will give you an idea of what you can expect from the new title.
As of today, A Galaxy of Action Figure savings is down to the final steps of creation. All but a handful of pages are completed (I am waiting on the Dagobah playset to arrive so I can finish those pages and still snapping photos for five other pages), and everything is on track to deliver finished books on schedule. I’m going to use the same printer I used for my earlier books, so we know the finished hardcover is going to look and feel great.
I’ve got the Kickstarter funding period set to close at the end of May, right before I leave the country for a business trip. When I return home the week of June 12 the funds (if the project closes successfully) will reach m, meaning that I can send the files to the printer that same week. If all goes well then I’ll receive finished books and ship all of the rewards before I head out to the Gen Con game convention in August
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