A Brief History of Scum

Rebelscum came about back in early 1996, when it was known as "Philip's Star Wars Pictures, Toys and Thoughts". Star Wars websites, much less Star Wars "collecting" websites, were few and far between in those early days. Originally a one-man operation run by Philip Wise, the site was started reporting on the toy collecting community in the greater Dallas, Texas area on November 20, 1996. With the arrival of the Star Wars Special Editions, the hobby began to really heat up, and Philip saw the need to expand the scope of his humble side project. It wasn't long before he began making regular collecting reports from all across the world.

In October of 1997 Chris Holoka came on the scene to aid Philip in creating an all-new site, one that would better accommodate the many facets that Pictures, Toys and Thoughts had been struggling to contain. This new website was dubbed "Rebelscum.com".

Philip Wise

In June 2021, Philip retired from Rebelscum and turned the reins over to Josh Durazzo, who owns Order 66 Toys, and will own the site going forward.

Philip is best known around here as the founder of Rebelscum. He lives in Texas. Philip can be found making lots of movie and tv related things his New Wookiee Workshop or managing other interests, TheForce.net, and Officialpix.com.

Retired: Chris lives just outside Detroit, MI and, among other duties, is the resident graphics guy at Rebelscum.

Dustin Roberts
Retired: Dustin has been actively involved in the online Star Wars collecting community for many years - and has written for more collecting sites than Luke's had resculpts. From the old school "Dustin's Figure Collection and News Page" to the popular "Twin Sun Times" to Yakface.com (and probablya few in between), we are very pleased to have his dedication to the hobby here at Rebelscum. Dustin lives in the Cincinnati, OH area.

D. Martin Myatt
Retired: Beyond his work in all sections of the Rebelscum Photo Archive, Dave acts as the key event photographer on the Rebelscum team, and has been shooting Toy Fair, San Diego Comic-Con, and Celebration for years. Joining the Rebelscum team in 2000, Dave was the first International member to report on all things Star Wars. He is prone to periods of playing hooky to work on major feature films, such as Deadpool, Star Trek: Beyond, and The Predator as well as photographing things not made of plastic or polystone. He has recently wrapped out of his work on the next Robert Zemeckis feature film, but is still ridiculously giddy about the experience!

Shane Turgeon
Retired: Yet another Rebelscum Canuck, Shane has been involved in the Canadian toy scene on a variety of levels for over a decade. He is best known for his book The Force In The Flesh, Star Wars tattoo website tattoosandtoys.com, and his freelance writing for Star Wars Insider. Primarily a vintage Star Wars collector and prototype historian, Shane also collects vinyl and has a particular penchant for collecting some of the more oddball items that have been released under the Star Wars banner.

Jay Shepard
Retired: Jay lives outside Baltimore, MD but hails originally from Southern California. Having provided the initial slogan for Rebelscum.com, he is proud to be able to contribute to this amazing site. Having amassed a large collection of printed materials, Jay manages the Jedi Journals section, but other Star Wars related musings can be found at his site, RogueDesigner.net; which includes the comprehensive Comic Book Movie and Television Show Database.

Grahame Wright
Retired: Grahame is originally from the UK, but now resides in Vermont. He joined the team in February 2006 when his Collectors' Registry (mrcollectors.com) site became part of Rebelscum.com. Grahame focuses on collecting Star Wars replica props, and was also a 2004 and 2005 National Yo-Yo champion.

Chris Wyman
Chris, a resident of Florida, is a site administrator & photographer who also runs TheForce.net in addition to Rebelscum. On a more regional level, Chris formed the Tampa Star Wars Club in 2005 and then in 2009, merged his group with the Orlando System to form and co-found the Star Wars Grand Florida Alliance which covers the entire state of Florida. He previously co-hosted the Jedi Journals literature podcast with "Jovial" Jay Shepard and owns & operates Everest Autographs, an autograph company that conducts private signings with celebrities all over the world.

Adam Lamping
Another British expat, Adam now lives just outside Vancouver, Canada, a stone's throw from D. Martin Myatt. Adam was originally one-half of JediNews.co.uk, building the site and then contributing for nearly five years, also launching JediNews.ca in 2009 following his move from the UK. His primary collecting focus is Hasbro, though he also has a penchant for many other licensees such as Kotobukiya, Gentle Giant and Sideshow to name but a few. Joining the Rebelscum team in 2012, Adam works on the Hasbro Photo Archive and maintains the Hasbro checklists.

Nick Napoli
Nick is an avid Star Wars merchandise collector who followed our site since nearly the beginning when he began with The Power Of The Force line in the 90s. He has a strong passion for the classic Kenner line and collects various mediums including vintage diecast, actions figures, 12-inch characters, print advertising from Palitoy and Kenner, and other paraphernalia. He is also always on the lookout for the unique such as a store display, Disney-themed items, or some strange licensed item from another country. Currently he is a huge fan of the Beast Kingdom Egg Attack series and the JAKKS Pacific Big Figs line. He also actively hunts down action figures for his children who are big fans of The Black Series 6-inch line from Hasbro. Nick lives in northern Virginia and often travels to northern New Jersey and central Florida to visit his family.

B. Acree
B. is an action figure photographer, two-time #HasbroToyPic finalist, and potato chip connoisseur. A lifelong toy enthusiast, B. has amassed a sizable collection of plastic that has found new life behind the camera lens. His specialty and focus is Hasbro's 3.75-inch assortment, but all scales are welcome in his universe. A fan of what was, and what is, he is always most excited about what's next. When not being tasked elsewhere, B. can be found turning some random piece of junk into a hidden rebel base on his Instagram page.

Rebelscum Slogan Contest Winners
Prior to the release of Rebelscum.com, we had a slogan contest.
Here are the very funny results.