Some days it just doesn’t pay to get outta bed!
My STAR WARS toy collection is located on most of the second floor of my home.
I came home one night about 3 months ago and found that my kitchen (located on the 1st floor) had become a virtual swimming pool due to a ruptured waterpipe up on the third floor.
The water leaked through the second floor ceiling (flooding my STAR WARS Collection room), and through the first floor ceiling to flood the kitchen. There was SEVERE damage along the way.
For me the MOST heartbreaking damage was to my STAR WARS toy collection on the second floor!!
Boxed VINTAGE Kenner collectibles as well as MODERN Hasbro pieces were completely WATER-LOGGED!!!
The toys themselves were (for the most part) un-damaged. But the packaging for these collectibles were reduced to useless soggy lumps of cardboard!!!
My friends, I don’t mind telling you, I damn-near broke into tears.
Nearly 30 years of collecting just... soggy.
Now, I've posted this thread HERE in the customizing section because in the tradition of true customizing, I've decided to take this bittter LEMON of a situation and turn into LEMONADE.
I have begun to design NEW CUSTOM PACKAGING for all of the (newly) loose toys.
I have created my own CUSTOM GRAPHICS for these boxes using photos of my custom action figures, and photos of the actual loose toys composited in ADOBE PHOTOSHOP.
I also decided to base the STYLE of my packaging on Kenner’s VINTAGE boxes.
You see, I really don’t care for the flimsy modern “window” boxes that present the toy in a “posed” state.
Call me “old School”, but I prefer the packaged toy to be contained in a windowless box protected from damaging sunlight. And the box should have exciting, colorful graphics.
Now, before anyone asks, I am NOT offering these custom boxes for sale. I have only created them for my own personal collection.
In some cases, the photography work for these boxes is my own. But in many cases, I have downloaded photos from throughout the web and from the Rebelscum toy archives to create these.
Therefore, it would simply be un-ethical for me to profit from the work of others. So I will NOT do it. Please do not ask. I hope you understand.
Without further ado, here are my custom box designs so far…
Roberto DARKLORD Williams