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Welcome to the Machinery Pete Podcast hosted by Greg Peterson, known to the industry as Machinery Pete. For over 30 years, Greg has been a trusted source of knowledge in the farming equipment industry. Starting with a gut feeling, Greg set off to bring more and better data to the agriculture space. He’s been a voice you can trust, no matter where you’re listening or reading. In this podcast, Greg will be sharing stories and conversations from around the industry. The kinds of conversations t ...
 
Star Wars: Prototypes and Production is a podcast that provides an in-depth look into the Star Wars films, TV series, and books we love. It also covers the Kenner and Hasbro toys, and examines the process of those toys, from concepts to prototypes to the ones that made it to the toy stores! Join host David Quinn on a journey with fellow collectors to learn more about Star Wars and the fascinating hobby of collecting Star Wars toys.
 
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During a recent July weekend, the Georgia Alliance of Star Wars Collectors hosted its annual Summer Social event.More than 80 members from the club came from all over the United States to attend. They took part in a weekend of meals with collectors, conversations with former Kenner and Hasbro employees, room sales and trips with friends around the …
 
When it comes to Star Wars collectors sales events, Hake’s Auctions has established itself as the place to buy and sell rare and coveted figures and collectibles.And the latest Hake’s auction certainly did not disappoint. Featuring more than 200 Star Wars collectibles, the offerings were vast and covered the original films and the two animated seri…
 
Four carded POTF R2-D2 Pop Up Saber figures, extremely rare modern and vintage prototypes, original vintage art and a special souvenir from Star Wars Celebration?This is truly a unique celebration of a milestone fifty episodes for the Star Wars: Prototypes and Production podcast!Join host and David Quinn for Six Stories: a look into six meaningful …
 
After an eight month wait, toy shows and meetups are back!And the May 22nd ToyCon NJ show, one of the largest and best toy shows in New Jersey, had everything a collector would want: vintage and modern toys, prototypes, and the first official Empire State Star Wars Collectors Club meetup of the year.Join host David Quinn as he celebrates the return…
 
Machinery Pete talks with 20-year-old ag Youtube star Carson Kahler who has nearly 11,000 subscribers to his "6th Gen Farmer" Youtube channel which he started 3 years ago. Kahler will be a Senior this Fall at South Dakota State University studying multiple Ag Programs and is a Sales intern this summer with C&B Operations at their Jackson, MN store …
 
Eight months is certainly a long time to wait for a toy show!ToyCon NJ, one of the best toy shows in the Tri-State region for vintage and modern collectibles, opened its doors again during a beautiful weekend in May. After more than a year of the pandemic, and the absence of meetups and toy shows that came with it, collectors are ready to be togeth…
 
If the 1970s and 1980s gave us Star Wars, the events of the 1990s established the hobby and birthed the vintage collector. Six years after George Lucas called for a break from exploring the Star Wars universe, Lucasfilm permitted the property to be licensed again. The 1991 novel Heir to the Empire kicked off a new era of Star Wars stories and event…
 
It’s official - Vintage accessory prices have reached the stratosphere.While many collectors focus on the white-hot POTF accessories, the ones Kenner produced for 1985’s DROIDS and EWOKS animated series are just as desirable. The market is hotter than ever, and some of the values of these items will shock you.Join host David Quinn as he explores al…
 
“A poncho costs how much??!” “A blaster sells for that price??!”The vintage Kenner Power of the Force (POTF) action figure market is incredibly hot right now, with prices seemingly rising each month. And while we know the values of the figures are at all-time highs, the most shocking prices are for the accessories that came with Kenner’s “Last 17” …
 
Machinery Pete gives an update on the farm equipment market (on fire) + cool story of an Illinois man working to start up a new Truck & Tractor Show in his hometown of Neponset, IL. The event is scheduled for June 26, 2021. [:30] - Machinery Pete teases today’s interview [3:08] - Used values continue to go up, what that means for now + the future […
 
An unforgettable encounter with Mark Hamill, an Ahsoka prototype and a rare Jawa Sandcrawler at an unbelievable price!These are some of the pieces longtime Star Wars collector and fellow New Jerseyan FJ DeRobertis has in his incredible collection. FJ is a newer addition to the Empire State Star Wars Collectors Club, and he sets a wonderful example …
 
The most special Millennium Falcon, an actual Ewok from ROTJ, a green Jawa and the strangest way to pack and ship a rare carded Tri-Logo Boba Fett.Whether you’ve been a collector for years or are new to the hobby, you probably know the name Robin Bocra. Robin is a lifelong Star Wars fan and collector, and runs the popular collecting group Bespin Pr…
 
Who owns a Wookiee ROTJ cromalin, the strangest Japanese Chewbacca bootleg, and a recently unearthed unproduced sculpt?Skye Paine has left an indelible mark on our hobby, and through his work, he has helped bring members of our community together over a shared love of Star Wars and the Kenner toys. He started the California Collectors Club, planted…
 
You may not know his name, but if you’re a Kenner Star Wars fan or collector, you certainly know his work. Jawa, Death Squad Commander, Leia Hoth, 2-1B, the B-Wing Pilot, Yak Face - these are some of the original figures sculpted by the legendary Bill Lemon.While sculpting in wax was the preferred method for Kenner designers, Bill carved figures fr…
 
Machinery Pete talks with Thad Shively, Dir. of Pre-Owned Inventory for C&B Operations, a 37-store John Deere dealership with stores in MN, IA, SD, WY, MT and ID. Shively is retiring in April '21 after a lifetime in the farm equipment dealer biz. Thad and Pete talk about the current farm equipment market, trends and cycles over the decades, where t…
 
When it comes to collecting vintage Star Wars action figures, the original Kenner wax sculpts are some of the rarest, most desirable and most valuable pieces coveted by collectors. Some of these iconic sculpts likely would fetch more than a million dollars each if they were ever offered up for sale to the public. A wax sculpt is generally the first…
 
Season Three Continues!2020 was the year of the pandemic.But it will always be so much more than that. Being a Star Wars collector during the quarantine was fascinating, as Disney offered new content in the form of The Clone Wars and The Mandalorian, and our friends and fellow used their passions and creativity to realize a community's potential an…
 
A Carrie de Milo statue that formerly sat on the desk of our beloved princess, a Vlix-in-progress, and the most special Star Wars wedding cake?If you're a Star Wars collector, you're in for a real treat. The new series Six Stories continues with a trip to the beautiful state of Georgia for a conversation with Justin Haynie.Justin is a co-founder an…
 
Machinery Pete shares his memories from, as well as the full interview he did 10 years ago this month (Feb. 2011) in Wyoming, IL with then 97-year-old Joe Colgan. Joe got into the farm equipment biz in 1933, went to work for John Deere in 1937 and became a John Deere dealer in 1947. Joe Colgan passed 4/28/15 at the age of 101, but his words of wisd…
 
The earliest Kenner Star Wars paperwork, the most beautiful wax sculpts and a police evidence bag?Season Three will be a special one, and it's starting with an ALL-NEW collector-based series!Six Stories will connect you to some of the most passionate Star Wars fans and toy collectors, as they share the stories behind six items from their collection…
 
Machinery Pete talks with Marshalltown, IA farmer David McCubbin about his online farm retirement auction on December 16, 2020. Pete and David talk about the emotions and planning involved from start to finish and beyond the sale....how does it feel when all the machinery is gone and your shed is empty? [:45] - Machinery Pete sets up today’s topic …
 
Season Three begins!2020 was the year of the pandemic.But it will always be so much more than that. Being a Star Wars collector during the quarantine was fascinating, as Disney offered new content in the form of The Clone Wars and The Mandalorian, and our friends and fellow used their passions and creativity to realize a community's potential and t…
 
50 years ago this week, on January 6, 1971, Vermeer Corp. of Pella, IA introduced the first large round baler to the ag industry. Pete talks with Jason Andringa, President/CEO of Vermeer and also grandson of company founder (founded 1948) Gary Vermeer about how the large round baler came to be. Pete, Andringa and Mark Core, Exec. VP, also talk abou…
 
This is the final episode of the year, and what better way to end season two of Star Wars: Prototypes and Production?Ahsoka Tano. It has been more than a decade since Star Wars fans first met her as Anakin Skywalker's new apprentice in The Clone Wars film. And over time, Ahsoka has become one of the most beloved and exciting characters in the Star …
 
Machinery Pete talks with Kurt Miller, Director of Used Equipment for Heritage Tractor, a 21-store John Deere dealership in MO, AR, KS, NE and OK, about their unique new -1% Finance Program (They Pay You!) on any of 65 used combines they have for sale. Since the program started three weeks ago, they've already sold 22 combines. Pete and Kurt also t…
 
Ahsoka Tano. It has been more than a decade since Star Wars fans first met her as Anakin Skywalker's new apprentice in The Clone Wars film. And over time, Ahsoka has become one of the most beloved and exciting characters in the Star Wars universe.From The Clone Wars to Star Wars: Rebels and now on the brink of making her live-action debut in The Ma…
 
Sabine Wren has the Darksaber, and is determined to find the next ruler who will unite Mandalore. The Emperor has employed Gar Saxon and his clan to dispose of any Mandalorians who oppose the Empire. And yet, hope lies within that saber's hilt. But Moff Gideon will soon possess it as well. So begins the final episode of the story of the Darksaber.T…
 
Maul possesses the Darksaber. The Duchess of Mandalore is in prison. And Obi-Wan Kenobi may not be able to save her this time.So begins part two of the story of the Darksaber. The season one finale of the beloved series The Mandalorian ended with a villain in possession of one of the most legendary and storied lightsabers in the history of Star War…
 
The season one finale of the beloved series The Mandalorian ended with a villain in possession of one of the most legendary and storied lightsabers in the history of Star Wars. But this is no ordinary lightsaber.The Darksaber has its roots among the Mandalorians, the people of the planet Mandalore. Its glowing black blade is unlike anything we've e…
 
If you were going to pitch an idea for a Star Wars figure, what would it be and where would you start?For the designers at Kenner in the 1970s and 1980s, and at Hasbro in the 1990s and 2000s, the presentation board was the earliest example of pitching an idea and represented what that idea could become.And while many presentation boards are long go…
 
Micah Moulin of Adams, NE is a busy young man with a full time job and a cool growing business, "Moulin Farm Art and Repair." His unique pencil drawings (now paint as well) of tractors, trucks and farm scenes have caught on in a big way with special commission orders coming in from around the country. Hear how it all got started for Micah and where…
 
Machinery Pete and auctioneer Kurt Aumann with Aumann Vintage Power of Nokomis, IL discuss the collector tractor market, including the 1971 IHC 1066 (1st one made!) with 2,993 original hours Aumann sold it for a new record price of $86,100 on a 9/22/20 collector auction in Iowa. Aumann tells stories on the following record price setting tractors he…
 
In August, the Georgia Alliance of Star Wars Collectors (GASWC) hosted a virtual collectors convention filled with interviews and panels, game shows and room sales. And Star Wars: Prototypes and Production was invited to present its first live video podcast panel during the event!Continuing the "Collecting During Quarantine" series, the panel was a…
 
Machinery Pete gets the scoop on the story behind the 1992 John Deere 4760 tractor with only 3.6 actual hours on the Raptor Enterprises auction October 28, 2020 in Speers, SK by Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. Also, a 1988 John Deere 4450 2WD with only 256 hours is on this sale. Pete talks with Brendan Kramer, Territory Manager with Ritchie Bros., to ge…
 
Have you ever dreamed of opening your own toy store?Tattoo artist and Star Wars collector Clifton Boggs saw that dream realized at the beginning of this year, when he opened the doors of Happy Pappy's Action Figure Extravaganza in Canton, Ohio. Join host David Quinn for a collectors conversation as Clifton discusses his love for vintage Star Wars f…
 
A Prototype DT Vader, Vintage Star Wars First Shots...and a Trove of Elvis Treasures?These are just a handful of the thousands and thousands of rare toys and collectibles that have fallen into the hands of That Vintage Toy Guy, Zach Curtis. At a time in which life is upside down, and people are dealing with some heavy, frustrating situations, Zach'…
 
Machinery Pete talks about the big announcement last week about making the Auction Price Data FREE at www.MachineryPete.com. Over 726,000 sale prices on ALL types of farm and construction equipment, updated daily. Pete also spotlights an upcoming market-setting auction for used Combines, the August 17, 2020 absolute online dealer inventory reductio…
 
The Star Wars collecting community has changed in these past four months. An entirely new marketplace now caters to both the established and newer collectors unlike any before it, all thanks to a sleepy little Facebook group page that went unnoticed until the quarantine commenced.This is the story of that group, and how it found its place in Star W…
 
Pete talks with his friend Jeff Ryan, farmer/writer from Cresco, IA. Ryan is known as "Guy No. 2" for his long-time online blog/columns about life and farming in northeast Iowa, always with a humorist slant that brings a smile. Or a tear. Ryan tells Pete about overcoming the Essential Tremor he grew up with and how an incredible brain surgery in 19…
 
Part Two of the "Collecting During Quarantine" Series:Apparently Hoth is hot, and the Ewoks aren't as lovable as they once were. In the second episode of the "Collecting During Quarantine" series, join host David Quinn for a vintage-centric conversation with longtime loose Kenner Star Wars figure collector Ryan, who goes by the name Humblehorder on…
 
Machinery Pete talks with Bob Sinclair, owner of Sinclair Tractor, and auctioneer Dan Sullivan with Sullivan Auctioneers about Sinclair Tractor's huge absolute online dealer auction in southeast Iowa on June 30, 2020 that featured 80+ late model farm equipment items, including 20 John Deere S680 combines. Pete also touches on some eye-opening lates…
 
Part One of the "Collecting During Quarantine" Series:"There goes the Star Wars collectible market..."When COVID-19 first hit the United States in March, many collectors assumed interest the hobby would diminish severely. Instead, prices have skyrocketed and items have sold for record prices. As quickly as they appear on eBay, they are snatched up,…
 
Story behind the famous Silver Bullet Flying Combine from the mid to late 1980's, seen at tons of fairs and shows all over the country + in the movie "Race Against the Harvest" starring Wayne Rogers from TV show M.A.S.H. Machinery Pete talks with Gail Brookins of West Fargo, ND, who along with husband Ernie Brookins built and operated the Silver Bu…
 
Have you ever wondered how Kenner and Hasbro turned the Star Wars characters you know and love into the plastic figures you collect?How does an idea become a toy? And if you collect prototypes of these Star Wars vintage and modern figures, what are these pieces you own, and where do they fit in to the production process? What is the difference betw…
 
Welcome to Collecting Prototypes!In this premiere episode, join host David Quinn for a look at what a prototype is, and why prototypes are so meaningful to Star Wars fans and collectors. It is an introduction into the vast and exciting world of prototype collecting, and features an in-depth conversation with a dear friend and one of the godfathers …
 
Machinery Pete has a fun conversation with rising star in the #AgTwitter world, Ontario farmer Andy Pasztor (@apasztor82 on Twitter), known as #AndyClean for the wonderfully obsessive way he cleans and shines farm equipment. [:41] - Social media talk and Machinery Pete’s start in it [5:00] - Starting a YouTube channel [11:20] - Spring Price Slasher…
 
Machinery Pete talks about the opportunity he's seen for a number of years now: when selling farm equipment, personalize it to make it worth more $$. Pete shares successful examples of this that he's seen over recent years whether sellers were dealers, auction firms or private farmer sellers. [:46] - Machinery Pete talks about his love for the pers…
 
While finishing the final chapter in the Star Wars prequel trilogy in 2004, George Lucas established Lucasfilm Animation with one purpose: to create an animated series using the latest technology. It would tell the story of the Clone Wars, first mentioned by Leia Organa and Luke Skywalker in A New Hope, and would fill in the time gap between Episod…
 
Machinery Pete learns the story of the beautiful, looked-like-new 1977 John Deere 4430 tractor that was the star of the 2020 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, KY this past mid February at the John Deere exhibit. Pete talks with owner Don Cummings of Seymour, IN about his 4430, its unique history and the amazing reaction the tractor elicit…
 
Machinery Pete takes a spin around farm country to get the pulse on how the coronavirus situation has been affecting the ag scene the past couple weeks. Pete talks with a Trucker from Iowa, an auctioneer from Minnesota who just had two big online farm sales, a friend from the farming town of Fairmont, MN, which has 9 + coronavirus cases, and a farm…
 
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