San Diego Comic Con's Star Wars day - Friday, July 22nd, 2011 - included a fine Star Wars collectibles panel. On hand were Dan Lujan and Robert Paske from Kotobukiya, Bryan Ono from eFX Collectibles, Ashly Powell from Gentle Giant ltd., and Brant Bridges from Sideshow Collectibles. The panel was moderated Chris Spitale of Lucasfilm Licensing.
The panel started with a 5-minute video from Gentle Giant, including an Anakin and Sebulba 2-pack of mini-busts; the Clone Wars ARF Trooper atop AT-RT maquette, which is scaled to the rest of their Clone Wars maquettes. On the scaled-up classic Kenner figures front, GG is finishing up their 12-back characters, including a release of the
After a hiatus in the program, Q&A is back. Every month, we get to ask Hasbro 2 questions, and back on June 24th, we sent in 2 questions, and Hasbro has just sent us back the answers.
SSG: In several instances now, when asked about the new Slave I getting an ESB release, the response is that it largely depends on how the current Clone Wars version does at retail. If the decision to release it this way is based off sales, why release this as a $100 set with a few re-released figures, and a vehicle repaint
Here's a list of other site's questions Hasbro answered for the week of June 14th, 2011. Don't forget to check out our Q&A as well. And if you know of any other questions we've missed, drop me a line and let me know.
Every month, we get to ask Hasbro 2 questions, and back on May 27th, we sent in 2 questions. Today, Hasbro has sent us back the answers.
SSG: Any thoughts on pulling back certain collector-targeted figures that have built up at retail over the last year, such as the Sandtrooper, Dengar, 4-LOM, the Endor Trooper, the Cloud Car Pilot, and especially the Vintage Collection ROTS Clone? While in the past with some figures like Yarna it was just that they were ordered hard and didn't sell through, with
Rick McCallum, producer on the prequels and the Young Indiana Jones series, as well as Lucas' right hand man, has stated that the long-promised live-action Star Wars TV series is another 3 or 4 years away, or possibly longer, despite last dates for it shooting around the end of this year. Speaking to Czech Position, McCallum confirmed they have 50 scripts ready to go, but due to the costs of producing CGI for a weekly TV series, Lucasfilm is going to wait until the technology becomes cheap enough
Last Friday, June 3rd, was the Disneyland opening for the new Star Tours: The Adventures Continue attraction. Crowds were in out in full force to experience the update to the original Star Wars ride simulator. When I arrived before park opening, even the security bag checkpoint just off the trams was jammed with more people than I had ever seen. Inside the park itself was no different, with an impressive throng of people.
The line had quickly grown out of control beyond even what Disneyland had planned for, leading to confusion as cast members scrambled to lay down green
Here's a list of other site's questions Hasbro answered for the week of May 25th, 2011. Don't forget to check out our Q&A as well. And if you know of any other questions we've missed, drop me a line and let me know.
Also, note that, as of this round, Hasbro has cut down the number of sites participating in the Q&A program.
The Star Wars Celebration convention returns to Orlando, Florida in 2012, a mere 2 years (and 2 weeks) after the last one there, making it the first official Star Wars convention to repeat the venue of the previous. The announcement for Celebration VI made by the convention's website sets the sixth SW Celebration's date for August 23rd through the 26th, 2012, at the Orange County Convention Center.
You can read more about it and even order tickets now at
After a hiatus in the program, Q&A is back. Every month, we get to ask Hasbro 2 questions, and back on April 29th, we sent in 2 questions, and Hasbro has just sent us back the answers.
SSG: We understand the need to anchor the Vintage line with core characters in order to preserve the longevity of the toy line, but what about at least changing up the cardback images to give the longtime collectors something to get excited about? For instance, we know we don't have to twist your arm very hard to get you
XKCD, one of the internet's most creative and intelligent web comics, uses simple art and only a few panels - plus mouseover text - to say what it has to say, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, thanks to creator Randall Munroe. The comic has set its sights on Star Wars before, but today's is pretty clever. Or maybe you'll find it obvious, but I'd still argue the execution is note-perfect. Anyway, today's xkcd comic courtesy of, unspririsingly,
During the grand opening of Legoland California's Star Wars Miniland, part of the fun was tracking down all the fun little touches and animated bits. These animations and features add a lot of personality to the miniland dioramas. Some are operated by button presses, while others are on a timer. For you guys who could not make it to the event, I took videos of every animated element, though I did not capture the audio-only elements since there were a large number. The videos are presented in movie chronological order, the Miniland layout itself is a clockwise circle starting from the west, with the massive Christophsis battle diorama in the middle.
(a few video files were corrupted and thus unusable, these aren't edited for length, and the camera I shot with is a still camera with a mediocre microphone so much of the audio is not great.)
Episode I: Naboo
Episode II: Geonosis
(A second button and speaker was there for the Arena display, but that was the lone element not working.)
Star Wars - The Clone Wars: Christophsis
(There was actually more smoke from the other end of the battlefield, but the timing was unclear and the wind was making it difficult to capture on camera.)
Episode III: Kashyyyk & Mustafar
(This battle actually goes on for a lot longer, the video length on that is prohibitively large and doesn't really say anything beyond what you see there, so I didn't use it.)
Episode IV: Tatooine
(This one is nearly all audio, I shot the whole bit not knowing where the Falcon's lights come on - it's around 28 seconds in. The audio is much more audible in the park, obviously.)
In the pulse-pounding, hour-long season finale, Ahsoka Tano is taken captive and stranded on a planetary game preserve, where she finds herself on the run from merciless and sadistic Trandoshan hunting parties. With the odds stacked against her and no rescue in sight, hope for survival begins to dwindle – that is, until her escape efforts receive an unexpected boost from a friendly – and furry! – fellow captive. The chase begins with “Padawan Lost” and continues into “Wookiee Hunt” – it’s a must-see, double dose of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, airingat 8:00 p.m. ET/PT Friday, April 1 on Cartoon Network.
Hasbro Toy Shop says today is everybody's lucky day with free standard shipping on new orders placed on St. Patrick's Day until 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time. The offer doesn't include HasbroToyShop exclusives, and can't be combined with other offers or coupons.
After their ship is destroyed, Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi must find a new means of escape from the Citadel. They lead the freed prisoners – including the Republic’s Captain Tarkin – across the planet’s perilous landscape as Plo Koon commands a Jedi armada through Separatist defenses in a daring rescue attempt. It’s the thrilling conclusion to a three-part Clone Wars storyline in “Citadel Rescue” – airingat 8:30 p.m. ET/PT Friday, March 11 on Cartoon Network.
Having freed the prisoners, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker search for a way out of the impenetrable Citadel prison. The brutal warden has more traps, perils and pitfalls in store for them, however, and the heroes must overcome their own differences in order to escape. After surviving their own daring break-in, it’s time for a “Counterattack” – the second chapter of a thrilling three-part storyline, airingat 8:30 p.m. ET/PT Friday, March 4 on Cartoon Network.
A galaxy far far away is getting a lot closer as more LEGO models arrive for Star Wars Miniland at LEGOLAND California. Stormtroopers, a snowtrooper and a biker scout were all on deck today at LEGOLAND California helping unload more than one thousand LEGO models for the new Star Wars Miniland opening March 31 at the family theme park in Carlsbad. Master Model Builders unloaded crates containing several models including the Crystal Building, Clone Turbo
Led by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, an elite rescue team attempts to free a captive Jedi general from an impenetrable Separatist prison. Deep within enemy territory, The Citadel is surrounded by droids and run by a sadistic warden determined to prevent anyone from breaking out – or in. Our heroes stage an action-packed forced entry to “The Citadel,” the first chapter in an explosive three-part storyline – airingat 8:30 p.m. ET/PT Friday, February 18 on Cartoon Network.
The Jedi remain stranded on Mortis, with Anakin Skywalker caught in an epic struggle between the light side and the dark side of the Force. As the Jedi prepare for a decisive confrontation, Anakin must face some shocking visions of his own future in “Ghosts of Mortis” – the climactic chapter in an epic, three-part Clone Wars storyline, airing at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT Friday, February 11 on Cartoon Network.