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2014's San Diego Comic-Con International is in the books, but there was so much at the convention it is impossible to absorb it all in 5 days—both for those at the convention as well as fans watching from home. But now that the chaos is over take time to absorb all the news about new and upcoming releases from Hasbro, Sideshow Collectibles, eFX Collectibles, Gentle Giant, and Kotobukiya! If you missed their panels on Friday you can relive them on Star Wars Action News' first part of their SDCC coverage. Watch these presentations and find out about all the upcoming new items.
Then join us later for the second part of San Diego Comic-Con coverage with exclusive interviews, product reviews, and news about all the exclusives at the convention!
It's just days until San Diego Comic-Con International 2014! While there are sure to be surprises and last-minute reveals every day up to the convention, most of the news is out and for Star Wars fans there's tons of programming...and shopping. Friday is Star Wars Day, starting with the Star Wars Fan Breakfast and then followed by an entire day of Star Wars panels. On this episode of the Star Wars Action News podcast Marjorie and Arnie run down all the Comic-Con programming and exclusives. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and @swactionnews on Twitter for all the updates leading up to and during the convention!
Mara Jade was instantly a fan favorite character. When she first graced the pages of the Star Wars expanded universe in Timothy Zahn's 1991 book Heir to the Empire she was embraced by Star Wars fans. It wasn't long before the figure also appeared in video games, action figures, the Return of the Jedi Radio Drama and more. But now with the Star Wars Expanded Universe being rebranded "Legends" Mara Jade's canonical status is uncertain and fans who've followed the character for over twenty years cannot look forward to new Mara Jade adventures. However fans can own a statue of Mara Jade, perhaps for the last time! Announced before the Expanded Universe reboot, Kotobukiya's Mara Jade Bishoujo has recently been released as a companion to their previous (also EU) statue of Jaina Solo. On this Star Wars Action News podcast listen to find out if this statue is a gem you should own!
Posted by Chuck | June 18, 2014 at 08:29 PM EDT |
Star Wars collectors have braved the Hasbro booth year after year to get the latest, hottest exclusive toys. While the lines have been long and brutal and the toys expensive it was, at least for the past several years, the only line for exclusive, hard-to-get Star Wars toys. Until 2014. Now, as Disney's corporate partnerships bring new Star Wars toys around the globe, Hasbro toy competitor Mattel has a license for Hot Wheels from a Galaxy Far, Far Away! The line has been previewed and the first opportunity to get an exclusive Darth Vader car is at SDCC this summer! On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast Marjorie and Arnie discuss the released photos and share why collectors shouldn't need to race as hard to the Mattel booth on Preview Night!
With Hasbro having difficulty getting new figures to store pegs in any scale, collectors are forced to find their excitement places other than Wal-Mart, Target, and Toys R Us. Most specifically The Disney Stores where a new 13-inch line of talking, articulated Star Wars figures have started to appear. The X-Wing Luke Skywalker and Stormtrooper are on store shelves now, and in this episode of Star Wars Action News you can see a hands-on review of the Stormtrooper to find out if you need to add this to your collection.
But while Hasbro is in a late spring lull, news leaked last week of new Black Series releases on the horizon. In this show you can find out about three possible new Toys R Us exclusive multi-packs that have strong Original Trilogy ties.
With news on how YOU can be in Star Wars Episode VII, a discussion of the upcoming Disney Star Wars marathon, reports from Disney Star Wars Weekends and the UK Collectormania 21, and more, it's all in this week's Star Wars Action News!
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Posted by Chuck | May 13, 2014 at 06:36 PM EDT |
Star Wars Action News is back and with May the 4th behind us there is tons of collecting news to talk about. Sideshow Collectibles has released more than half a dozen new products in one-sixth, one-quarter, and full scales; Disney Stores have stocked up on exclusive figures, plushies, and statues, and Hasbro has revealed their San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Jabba the Hutt! Listen as Marjorie and Arnie discuss all the latest news in this podcast.
Posted by Chuck | April 29, 2014 at 09:55 PM EDT |
This past weekend saw the largest comic convention in Chicago -- Reed Pop's C2E2! Saturday night Marjorie, Arnie, and several members of the Star Wars Action News family got together to talk about the convention, their Star Wars celebrity encounters, and their collectible finds!But the past two weeks have been full of news for Star Wars fans and collectors alike. Listen in to hear about the announcements of new toys and collectibles exclusive to the Disney Stores. From new scales of action figures to vehicles, plushes, mugs, and more, the gang rates their interest in the new collectible lines.
From coast to coast the third wave of Hasbro's 6-inch Star Wars Black Series has started to appear in stores. This wave has three new figures, a Stormtrooper, Bespin Luke Skywalker, and Episode III Obi-Wan, plus a carry-forward Han Solo. With this wave we finally have more than 10 Star Wars icons in this new scale. Is now the perfect time to jump into the line? Listen to this episode of Star Wars Action News for Marjorie and Arnie's reviews of all four of these figures! With more Rancho Obi-Wan extra auctions, a Millennium Falcon model that may not look like much until you assemble all 100 pieces, and a look at the latest Episode VII news, it's all in this issue of the Star Wars Action News podcast! Download the show now at http://swactionnews.com.
Posted by Chuck | March 17, 2014 at 07:25 PM EDT |
Planet Comicon was held in Kansas City this past weekend, and Marjorie and Arnie were there and on the hunt for toys and autographs! This show saw a rare signing by John Ratzenberger who is mostly known for being a Pixar and Cheers star, but Star Wars fans know he was also Major Bren Derlin on Hoth. With the con having its first three-day convention, listen to find out what you missed and if you should make it a destination in 2015!
Posted by Chuck | March 04, 2014 at 07:36 PM EDT |
With Lucasfilm, and all things Star Wars, now owned by The Walt Disney Corporation it should be no surprise that Disney is the place to look for Star Wars collectibles! The 2014 Star Wars Weekends have been announced and there are tons of new exclusives, including Vinylmations Series 4, a lanyard replicating the Medal of Yavin, and much more! Marjorie and Arnie run down the cool new items available only at the Disney World theme park this summer!
Posted by Chuck | February 25, 2014 at 06:37 AM EDT |
Star Wars fans have a reason to be excited after last week's New York Toy Fair International. Watch this week's podcast to see all the new toys and collectibles! From LEGO to Uncle Milton, Kotobukiya, Underground Toys, and so many more, they're all in this week's continuing Toy Fair coverage!
Posted by Chuck | February 18, 2014 at 08:51 AM EDT |
The next Star Wars film may be over a year away, but the new Star Wars figures are on the horizon! From Black Series figures, in both the 6 and 4-inch scales, plus figures tying into Disney's new REBELS animated series, all was revealed at Hasbro's Toy Fair International presentation! Join Marjorie and Arnie in this episode of Star Wars Action News to find out what Hasbro revealed for its 2014 product line!
Posted by Chuck | February 05, 2014 at 06:24 PM EDT |
Star Wars Valentines--they're not just for the playground anymore! For decades there have been packages of Star Wars Valentines Day cards, the type that school children give in the classroom, but as Star Wars fans have grown up so have the gifts you can give to your loved one. From light-up heart-shaped boxes of candy to stuffed Stormtroopers with edible hearts, fans of the original trilogy, the prequels, and even the comics will find items that will make them be yours! On this week's Star Wars Action News, Marjorie and Arnie run down this year's cool, new offerings, and say which are great gifts, which should be collected, and what can be skipped.
Posted by Chuck | January 20, 2014 at 09:41 PM EDT |
Sideshow Collectibles has gone deep in Star Wars lore with their premium format figures. After starting with big characters like Luke, Han, and Vader, they have gone EU with Darth Malgus and Shaak Ti from The Force Unleashed. They've done Clone Wars with Captain Rex. But they never made a Chewbacca...until now, and Star Wars Action News hosts Marjorie and Arnie have the exclusive version in their podcasting studio. Is it worth getting? Listen to the full review in this episode!
Posted by Chuck | December 26, 2013 at 05:03 PM EDT |
Since Kenner resumed making Star Wars figures in 1995 collectors have had a steady stream of items to buy, but in 2013 Hasbro changed up the game and collecting may never be the same. First there is a line of 3.75-inch figures with articulation levels reminiscent of the 1970s. Then Star Wars figure collectors had to think big--6-inches big--as collector-focused figures got a new scale for the first time in 35 years. How did fans react to these changes, and what is in store for 2014? These are the topics in the first part of the Star Wars Action News 2013 in review podcasts, so take a listen and hear what the Star Wars Action News team had to say!
Posted by Paul | November 29, 2013 at 08:45 AM EDT |
It's Star Wars Action News' 8th Annual Holiday Gift Guide and Black Friday shopping companion! Click through for more!
Star Wars Episode VII draws nearer! We now have a firm release date. On December 18, 2015 fans will finally see a cinematic vision of Star Wars post-Return of the Jedi, 32 years after Episode VI's release. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast your hosts Marjorie and Arnie discuss this news and anticipate a holiday season full of Star Wars goodness!
New Hasbro product is hitting fast. Exclusives are shipping from Amazon, as well as showing up on store shelves at Toys R Us and KMart. Also from Hasbro Black Series Wave 2, both 6-inch and 3.75-inch, are shipping from online retailers. On this week's Star Wars Action News hosts Marjorie and Arnie look at some of the new 6-inch figures, Slave Leia and Greedo, and run down the exclusives.
In just a few years New York Comic Con has grown to have attendance second only to the 40-year-old San Diego Comic-Con. This year had big name stars like Sylvester Stallone, Sigourney Weaver, and more signing autographs, perhaps the highest profile autograph stars at any convention. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast Marjorie and Arnie report on the Star Wars reveals from Kotobukiya, their exclusive Art-FX+ R2 unit, as well as the other Star Wars collectibles at the con.
But the biggest Star Wars reveals were not at the Javits Center. Hasbro had no presence at NYCC, but they held a private press event the Wednesday before the con and the Star Wars Action News hosts were there. Listen to find out what was revealed, and what wasn't. Plus find out Hasbro's answer to "what's right with Mara Jade?" and news on the notorious Black Series bubble issue.
Posted by Chuck | October 02, 2013 at 05:12 PM EDT |
In 2007 the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars brought an onslaught of toys, collectibles, and commemorative items. But of all the 30th Anniversary items only one provided new insight into the Star Wars saga -- J.W. Rinsler's The Making of Star Wars. With that book's success Rinzler followed up with The Making of The Empire Strikes Back for Episode V's 30th anniversary in 2010. Now, Rinzler completes his trilogy with The Making of Return of the Jedi, and he may have saved the best for last. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast Brock gives a hands-on review of this impressive tome, which is in bookstores today!
Posted by Chuck | September 17, 2013 at 06:47 AM EDT |
The latest Star Wars expanded universe novel is Kenobi, a standalone story telling of the Jedi's arrival on Tatooine, including the locals and Tuskens with whom he tussles! The book is appeasing Star Wars fans worldwide, and now Arnie sits down with author John Jackson Miller to talk about this Western-inspired tale.
Posted by Chuck | September 11, 2013 at 08:44 AM EDT |
What happens when over a hundred of the world's most avid Star Wars collectors gather in one place over a long weekend? Fun, shopping and more! On this week's Star Wars Action News Marjorie and Arnie report on the Labor Day Weekend International Collector's Event, or ICE convention, put on by some of the Seattle Star Wars collectors. They toured two of the largest Star Wars collections in the world, went on toy runs en masse, got amazing exclusives, and watched an original 35mm print of Return of the Jedi--the 1983 version!
Have you found the new Hasbro figures? All Hasbro's new lines, Black Series 4-inch, Black Series 6-inch, Mission Series, and Saga Legends, are showing up across the US. New toys are a welcome relief to the modern Star Wars figure collector after many months with no new releases, and on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast the coverage continues. Listen to this week's podcast for a hands on review of the new 4-inch Black Series figures. Then vintage Star Wars collector Jerry takes a look at the Saga Legends figures and provides his views on their five points of articulation.. Click through for details.
Posted by Chuck | August 21, 2013 at 09:51 PM EDT |
New figures are on the pegs and Marjorie and Arnie are back in the Star Wars Action News studio ready to review them! On this week's podcast the hosts look at new new Saga Legends figures from Hasbro. With limited articulation and smaller card backs these figures have divided collectors between those who demand more collector-oriented figures and those who find the limited pose-ability a throwback to vintage collecting. Hasbro claims they're some of the best sculpts they've ever done. Listen to find out the final verdict!
Posted by Chuck | August 13, 2013 at 09:24 PM EDT |
This weekend was Wizard World Chicago 2013, and the Star Wars Action News crew were there, as were tons of Star Wars toys. From rare vintage Star Wars items from Hasbro and Palitoy to new Black Series figures in both scales! With a new show layout and big guests, listen to find out if you should attend the next Wizard World in your area!
Posted by Paul | July 30, 2013 at 09:35 PM EDT |
It was the biggest Star Wars party of the year--STAR WARS CELEBRATION EUROPE 2! Six years after CE1 Celebration returned to Europe with a slew of celebrities, exclusives, and guests. With Episode VII announced anticipation couldn't have been higher, and Star Wars Action News was there. Hosts Marjorie and Arnie made their first Celebration Eurotrip to take part in the Collecting Track and report on the events. Listen now to hear them, as well as Jerry, Steve, Daryl, and more as they bring Europe home to you on this milestone episode of Star Wars Action News!
Hear it now at http://swactionnews.com
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FRIENDS Arnie & Marjorie Carvalho at SWAN for 400 incredible episodes! We are so proud of you. Keep up the wonderful work you do for the community!
Posted by Paul | July 24, 2013 at 10:51 PM EDT |
The world’s largest convention, San Diego Comic-Con International, is winding down but with all the news and reveals at the convention Star Wars fans have much to look forward to! Join the Star Wars Action News crew as they report on all the new collectible news from Hasbro, Gentle Giant, Kotobukiya, Diamond Select, Sideshow Collectibles, and so much more! MP3 / MP4 (Enhanced)
Posted by Paul | July 18, 2013 at 06:28 PM EDT |
Today kicks of San Diego Comic-Con International 2013! On the first part of Star Wars Action News' coverage join Marjorie and Arnie as they report on Preview Night, with a first-hand look at The Black Series figures in Hasbro's display, including the new Black Series 6-inch Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite! Fans have been divided on the new 6-inch series, but Arnie has been excited for the detail and articulation. Now that the production figures are out, does the excitement last? Listen and find out!
Posted by Chuck | July 09, 2013 at 09:00 PM EDT |
Released in stores today is Crucible, the new Star Wars novel from prolific author Troy Denning. Taking place after the events in the last two major story arcs Legacy of the Force and Fate of the Jedi, this book focuses on Han, Luke, and Leia in what could be their final adventure (in this version of the expanded universe, anyway). On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast Arnie sits down with Troy to discuss the impact of Episode VII on the existing Expanded Universe, his intents behind Crucible, and the Mortis trilogy's impact on Apocalypse.
The 3.75-inch Black Series is looming and new packaged shots are being released of the first wave of figures with Padme, Biggs, Luke, Vader, and more. But despite the eagerness of Star Wars collectors for new figures, fans are having a mixed reaction to the new packaging for these figures. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast hosts Marjorie and Arnie are joined by their Marvelicious Toys co-host Justin, a graphic designer and packaging expert, to examine Hasbro's latest Star Wars designs. Click through for more!
San Diego Comic-Con is just a month away and Star Wars collectible companies like Hasbro, Gentle Giant, Hallmark, and Diamond Select Toys have been revealing their 2013 convention exclusives! Listen to this week's Star Wars Action News podcast to find out what people at the con will be fighting over, and those at home will be left to drool over. The hosts also discuss CE2 exclusives, including the announced CE2 art prints, and how international collectors may be able to get some of their money back on these great pieces.
Posted by Paul | May 28, 2013 at 06:23 PM EDT |
This week in New York City LEGO revealed the largest Star Wars LEGO set ever--a life-sized X-Wing! Accompanied by a much more modestly sized Toys R Us Times Square exclusive set, and Yoda mini-figure, this spectacle was all to promote Wednesday's premiere of The Yoda Chronicles on Cartoon Network. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast Marjorie and Arnie review some of the exclusive LEGO sets commemorating the premiere. Click through for more!
Posted by Chuck | May 21, 2013 at 10:29 PM EDT |
Star Wars Action News hosts Marjorie and Arnie have reported many times on the Toy Man Toy Show in St. Louis, MO. Sunday, May 19th, was the most recent show and had Star Wars represented from all era, from 12-Back carded vintage figures to the most modern of Hasbro toys. Listen to find out if you should visit St. Louis for the next Toy Man show on July 14th!
Posted by Chuck | May 14, 2013 at 12:23 PM EDT |
For many, the joys and pains of collecting can be summed up in one word--exclusive. A hard-to-obtain, limited piece can be the prize of a collection both as a rarity and as a memory of a trip. But obtaining these exclusives often is difficult for many either involving expensive trips or high premiums on the secondary market. But as the 2013 convention season commences new exclusives are being announced every week. Last week came news of Hasbro's San Diego Comic-Con exclusive Han in Carbonite and Boba Fett Black Series 6-inch figures. Now on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast Marjorie and Arnie look at exclusives announced for Star Wars Celebration Europe 2. From T-Shirts to posters to pins, the first round of exclusive merchandise offers some collectibles with a vintage style and others with a more modern and German flare. Join their discussion and start your shopping list now!
Posted by Chuck | May 07, 2013 at 06:41 AM EDT |
Tomorrow a new era in Star Wars Expanded Universe novels beings with the release of Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void. Written by Tim Lebbon and based on the Dark Horse comic series Dawn of the Jedi this book tells of Force users twenty-five thousand years before the battle of Yavin. It's the first Star Wars novel set so early in the timeline, and also the first Star Wars novel by Lebbon. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast Arnie talks to Tim about the process of writing this novel and the themes throughout.
Posted by Chuck | April 30, 2013 at 06:57 AM EDT |
This past weekend was the C2E2 convention in Chicago, Illinois. In its fourth year, C2E2 has grown to fill an entire hall at McCormick Place. With no major stars like Val Kilmer and John Cusack to headline, the star wattage was a little bit dimmer, but that doesn't mean there wasn't tons to do at the con. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast, hosts Arnie, Marjorie, and Johnathan are joined by Chris, Sarah, and Yakface.com's Jayson live on the C2E2 floor! Listen as they run down their impressions of the convention, with tons of Star Wars collecting! From vintage finds to modern, high end and low end, plus custom items like coffee mugs and art, they discuss it all.
Posted by Chuck | April 15, 2013 at 08:52 PM EDT |
Star Wars fandom in early 2013 is full of highs and lows. While Hasbro idles, awaiting the release of new product later this year, and Disney continues to restructure their new purchase by closing LucasArts, other Star Wars licensees continue on! On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast, Marjorie and Arnie look at a couple of Star Wars collectible makers that offer exciting new products in this slow period of collecting.
Posted by Chuck | April 02, 2013 at 09:39 PM EDT |
Gentle Giant's Premiere Guild Memberships for 2013 started recently with two exclusive Premiere Guild Member mini-busts, a holographic Darth Vader and an Episode III Mace Windu. As they ponder their gift for 2013, Marjorie and Arnie look back this podcast at two mini-busts for PGM members in 2012, the Rebel Trooper from A New Hope and a white Republic Commando from the Expanded Universe.
Posted by Chuck | March 18, 2013 at 10:14 PM EDT |
The stores are full of the same ol', same ol', not because there are no new Star Wars action figures but because the stores are so full of 2012 figures that Hasbro is only shipping the new 2013 figures to other countries. If you want the 2013 Yoda carded Clone Wars and Movie Heroes figures American Star Wars collectors need to buy from Canada or Germany at considerable expense in shipping and surcharges. Is it worth it? Marjorie and Arnie have the final wave of Clone Wars figures in hand from a Canadian seller, and review each figure on this week's Star Wars Action News! Listen to find out if these repacks, repaints, and retools are worth your bounty.
Posted by Chuck | March 11, 2013 at 06:57 PM EDT |
With few new Hasbro Star Wars toys showing up in stores, Star Wars collectors and podcast hosts Marjorie and Arnie must look online to build their collection. On this week's podcast, they review two new mail-order additions to their collection! First, they review the Brian's Toys exclusive Jocasta Nu action figure from Hasbro. Then they look at the first statue in Kotobukiya's new Star Wars Bishoujo line—Jaina Solo.