We were beyond thrilled to receive the following Press Release from Blue Milk about the Star Wars: The Vintage Collection Archive Edition book in the email this morning! This book, which we backed instantly, is a visual archive for the immensely popular Vintage Collection action figure line and it is being produced by some of the very top and knowledgeable collectors/creators in the hobby! This makes December twice as fun but enough from us, go to Kickstarter and show your support!
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – June 7, 2019 – Today, Blue Milk LLC launches Star Wars: The Vintage Collection Archive Edition book on crowd-funding site Kickstarter. Starting from $50 for early bird backers, the Star Wars: The Vintage Collection Archive Edition is a comprehensive historical manuscript and detailed visual archive of one of Hasbro’s most popular lines of 3.75-inch Star Wars action figures, The Vintage Collection (TVC).
Written by Derryl DePriest, former Vice President of Global Brand Management and Star Wars brand team leader at Hasbro, the book comprises approximately 300 pages detailing TVC action figures, creatures, vehicles and playsets. Each item in the collection will feature a write-up informed by inside knowledge from the design and marketing team, and will be accompanied by crisp, high-resolution photos. The volume will be printed on premium-quality paper, bound in a deluxe hardcover.
“The Vintage Collection is one of the greatest toy lines of all time, offering an incredible balance between source material accuracy, detail and playability,” according to DePriest. “Our goal with The Vintage Collection Archive Edition is to pay tribute to this amazing series and the team that created it, offering spectacular photography and new insights for the long-time fan while acting as a primer covering the entire series for the newer collector.
Joining DePriest are co-authors D. Martin Myatt and Rich Alot. The trio will self-publish the book under their newly formed company Blue Milk LLC. Steve Sansweet, Star Wars super-collector and President and CEO of Rancho Obi-Wan, will write the foreword.
“Introduced in 2010 with roots in the legendary 1978 Kenner Star Wars toy line, The Vintage Collection has grown to include hundreds of figures, vehicles, and special sets. Keeping track of everything available is challenging, and The Vintage Collection Archive Edition will be an invaluable resource to fans and collectors alike,” Sansweet says.
The book’s Kickstarter campaign offers a variety of backer rewards for those supporting the project, including a TVC compendium poster by Kim Simmons, Kenner’s principal Star Wars photographer between 1981-2000. In another tie to the original toy line, the poster uses the actual yellow background seen on Star Wars action figure packaging in the ’80s. In addition to the backer rewards, the campaign has stretch goals to unlock more content and chapters.
- Deluxe hardcover in an 9.25 x 11.5 inch (23.5 x 29.5 cm) format
- Professionally designed layout with easy to use reference guide featuring high-resolution photos and detailed write ups printed on premium quality paper
- Comprehensively covers every The Vintage Collection (TVC) 3.75-inch action figure, creature, vehicle and playset.
- Chapter breaks with full-page width photos inspired by classic Kenner-era packaging
- Additional content unlocked with stretch goals
- Approximately 300 pages
- December 2019 delivery
You can back the Star Wars: The Vintage Collection Archive Edition book on its Kickstarter page now; starting at $50 for Early Bird backers. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bluemilk/star-wars-the-vintage-collection-archive-edition-book
About the Author:
Derryl DePriest has spent 25 years in brand management for companies including Hasbro, Inc. and Atari Games, overseeing Star Wars and G.I. Joe among many other brands. He is the author of The Collectible G.I. Joe and has been featured in the Netflix series The Toys that Made Us. He is an inductee of the Pop Culture Hall of Fame.
About Blue Milk, LLC:
Started by passionate toy and entertainment industry professionals Derryl DePriest, Rich Alot, and Dave Myatt, Blue Milk LLC provides fans with high-quality reference material paying tribute to some of the most collected toy brands in pop culture.