'Spoonful of Star Wars' by Bwana Spoons Comes to San Diego Comic-Con

"Spoonful of Star Wars" at DesignerCon
"Spoonful of Star Wars" at DesignerCon
Shannon Cottrell

Before Bwana Spoons was commissioned by Dov Kelemer and Sarah Jo Marks of DKE Toys to paint the Kenner Star Wars toys, he had a 60-piece collection of the action figures released between the late-1970s and early-1980s. During the course of the project, the collection shot up to 150 action figures. Only a few, though, he had owned since his own youth.

"Only a small handful were from my childhood," he says. "When I first moved from home, I took this little Flintstones bucket with me. It had a handful of Star Wars figures, some Micronauts, and some Smurfs. From there i started hunting flea markets and thrift stores (pre-bay)."

"Spoonful of Star Wars" at DesignerCon
"Spoonful of Star Wars" at DesignerCon
Shannon Cottrell

"Spoonful of Star Wars" features over 100 of Spoons' paintings of the toys. Some are straightforward portraits, others re-imagine the characters in comedic situations. We first saw the exhibition at DesignerCon last November.

Spoons recalls the first Star Wars toy he bought.

"The first one i remember buying was Greedo," he says. "I remember it was kind of a big deal as my mom let me walk down to the hardware store (which had a small toy selection) all by myself to buy a toy."

"Spoonful of Star Wars" at DesignerCon
"Spoonful of Star Wars" at DesignerCon
Shannon Cottrell

He says his favorite, though, was "hands down, Snaggletooth."

"i used to carry that little dude in my pocket wherever i would go."

When you look through the exhibition, which you'll be able to find at booth #4728 in the San Diego Comic-Con exhibit hall, you will be able to figure out which figures are the ones that date back to Spoons' youth. He said that they're marked with a "little 'b' on their foot."

There will be more than just Spoonful of Star Wars for Bwana Spoons at San Diego Comic-Con, who has been attending the event "off and on for about 12-13 years." He'll be at the Gargamel/Grass Hut booth (#4739), where you'll be able to find original art and prints, t-shirts, sloth toys, blind boxes and "hopefully a few mountaintop cookie/stash jars."

"Spoonful of Star Wars" at DesignerCon
"Spoonful of Star Wars" at DesignerCon
Shannon Cottrell

 

"Spoonful of Star Wars" at DesignerCon
"Spoonful of Star Wars" at DesignerCon
Shannon Cottrell
"Spoonful of Star Wars" at DesignerCon
"Spoonful of Star Wars" at DesignerCon
Shannon Cottrell
"Spoonful of Star Wars" at DesignerCon
"Spoonful of Star Wars" at DesignerCon
Shannon Cottrell

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