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Star Wars Action News 10 Year Anniversary Podcast Party

Posted by Paul | July 30, 2015 at 04:43 PM ET |

On Saturday, Aug. 22, Star Wars fans are invited to the Star Wars Action News 10th anniversary bash during Wizard World Chicago. The party, also celebrating Marvelicious Toys’ 5th anniversary, will be hosted by the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. The event begins at 7:30 p.m., and will feature door prizes, appetizers, cake, and a cash bar. Adult tickets include bonus exclusive collectibles ranging from T-shirts to the exclusive Star Wars Action News badge and lanyard, plus a collectible coin previously only available to those who work on the show.
In addition, all adult tickets enter you in the drawing for a huge selection of door prizes. Items have been provided by DorksideToys.com, Big Bad Toy Store, Kotobukiya, Hallmark, Venganza Media, and many more. Attendees can win items ranging from statues to entire waves of Star Wars figures, and more!

Toys, panels, autographs, swap meets, trading, exclusive reveals and more -- Star Wars Celebration Anaheim had so much to do that no one podcast can contain it all. So in this episode we get four!

Note: This podcast discusses details of The Force Awakens obtained from the second trailer and the props shown at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim.

Star Wars Action News - Episode 444: Keep Feeling Fabrikation

Posted by Chuck | March 05, 2015 at 10:59 AM ET |

At Toy Fair International last week Funko was one of the few companies with lots of new Star Wars toys and collectibles on display. A rising Force in Star Wars collections, Funko has cornered the market on "cute" Star Wars figures. Last year they expanded that line to include Star Wars Fabrikations. They're part action figure, part plushie, and all adorable. On this week's Star Wars Action News Marjorie and Arnie look at three figures in this line: Boba Fett, Chewbacca, and Yoda!

Star Wars Action News - Episode 442: Toy Fair 2015 Part 1

Posted by Chuck | February 17, 2015 at 02:21 PM ET |

Star Wars Celebration, San Diego Comic-Con, New York Comic-Con...when it comes to toy news they all pale compared to New York Toy Fair International. The show is where toy manufacturers reveal most of the toys that will ship throughout the year. The show is for the toy makers to sell to wholesalers and retailers, but press is let in and for collectors it becomes a preview of the year's new Star Wars toys!

Star Wars Action News 2014 Year In Review Part 2

Posted by Chuck | January 13, 2015 at 06:51 PM ET |

The Star Wars Action News Year-End shows conclude with this second part of the team's roundtable discussion!

Arnie and Marjorie are joined by Steve "The Gingerprince", Johnathan, Curtis, Daryl, Brock, Jay and Andrew to look back at the high-end collectibles that Force-d them to open their wallets! From Gentle Giant mini-busts to Sideshow Premium Format Figures and the new, high end sixth scale figure line from Hot Toys, it's all discussed in this show!

Star Wars Action News 2014 Year In Review Part 1

Posted by Chuck | December 31, 2014 at 10:46 AM ET |

For Star Wars fans 2014 came in with a whimper but went out with a bang! From a year that started with few Star Wars figures to be found in either the 4 or 6-inch scales, it ended with Expanded Universe 6-Inch figures, new lines of 3.75-inch figures, and Star Wars fans everywhere trying to "get to da Chopper!"

Now in the first part of the Star Wars Action News year in review, the Star Wars Action News team looks back at 2014 from the point of view of a toy collector. Marjorie and Arnie are joined by several other collectors to rate the best and worst of Star Wars collecting this year!

Star Wars Action News - Episode 438: Tarkin 'Bout Toys

Posted by Chuck | December 17, 2014 at 05:09 PM ET |

It's been a long time since Star Wars action figure collectors could shop exclusively at their local brick-and-mortar stores to get the figures they wanted. Since the release of Hasbro's The Vintage Collection in 2010 store supplies have been scarce. Now, however, that seems ready to change! Across the country collectors are finding new Black Series figures in both 3.75-inch and 6-inch lines, plus new Rebels and Mission Series figures too! On this episode of Star Wars Action News you can listen to find out which stores to hit to score full waves of new figures.

Star Wars Action News - Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys

Posted by Chuck | November 11, 2014 at 09:45 PM ET |

This week we have a totally different type of Star Wars Action News podcast for you--a movie review done in partnership with Now Playing Podcast!

The Holy Grail--the one item a collector pines for but has not yet grabbed. It may be rare, it may be expensive, it may just be elusive, but the hunt continues. Most collectors have that one item that beguiles them and they would love to own. On this episode of Star Wars Action News Arnie celebrates capturing one of his Holy Grail collectibles after an eight year hunt! Then members of the Star Wars Action News community share their holy grails. Join these collectors as they reveal their hearts' desires.

Star Wars Action News Episode 433: Collecting Nirvana in Aberdeen

Posted by Chuck | September 30, 2014 at 01:39 PM ET |

Marjorie & Arnie are back from a trip across the American west, and of course they did some Star Wars shopping while there! Visiting with the members of SARLACC in Seattle, they visited several stores--including one of the oddest Star Wars toy shops out there. Watch to see a Star Wars shop unlike any other!

Star Wars Action News: Episode 432

Posted by Paul | September 03, 2014 at 11:18 AM ET |

Last Spring it was announced that the Star Wars canon was taking a new direction. To pave way for the upcoming Episode VII as well as the Rebels TV series the previous Star Wars "Expanded Universe" was reclassified as Star Wars Legends, wiping the slate clean for a new era of Star Wars stories. That begins today with the release of A New Dawn, the Star Wars Rebels tie-in novel by John Jackson Miller. In this episode of Star Wars Action News Brock joins us with a review of this first novel in a new age of Star Wars fiction. Also on this week's show, Marjorie and Arnie review Hasbro's 4th wave of Black Series 3.75-inch figures. From Dagobah Luke to Yoda to Toryn Farr, watch the video to see hands-on reviews of these collector-oriented figures! With reports from Wizard World Chicago and GenCon, eating fresh with Rebels, and much more, it's all in this episode of Star Wars Action News! Download the show now at http://swactionnews.com

Star Wars Action News Episode 431: Exclusive Showdown

Posted by Chuck | August 19, 2014 at 02:06 PM ET |

The irony of San Diego Comic-Con is that while everyone rushes to buy the exclusives, there's no time at the con to really look at them! Now Marjorie and Arnie are back home and have unpacked their SDCC shipment, and are ready to tell you if Hasbro's 6-Inch Jabba the Hut exclusive, or the SDCC/Toys R Us exclusive Cantina Showdown set, was worth the trouble.

Star Wars Action News: Episode 430

Posted by Paul | August 05, 2014 at 09:45 PM ET |

Star Wars Action News’ full coverage of San Diego Comic-Con International 2014 is here! Recorded live at the convention, join Arnie and Marjorie as they detail the exclusives and reveals from Star Wars collectible companies like Hasbro, Mattel, Jakks Pacific, Sideshow Collectibles, eFX, and more! In this episode you can watch exclusive interviews with representatives from your favorite Star Wars toy makers! Join Arnie for interviews with Hasbro, Kotobukiya, Gentle Giant, plus Star Wars authors Jeffrey Brown and Daniel Wallace! With coverage from the Star Wars fan breakfast and more, it’s all in Star Wars Action News’ 2014 Comic-Con coverage!

Star Wars Action News - Episode 429: SDCC Part 1

Posted by Chuck | July 29, 2014 at 09:01 PM ET |

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!

Star Wars Action News - Episode 428

Posted by Chuck | July 16, 2014 at 10:21 PM ET |

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!

Star Wars Action News: Episode 427

Posted by Paul | July 01, 2014 at 05:50 PM ET |

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!

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!

Star Wars Action News: Episode 245

Posted by Paul | June 02, 2014 at 08:39 PM ET |

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!

Download the show now at http://swactionnews.com

Star Wars Action News - Episode 424: Jabba in a Box

Posted by Chuck | May 13, 2014 at 06:36 PM ET |

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.

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.

Star Wars Action News: Episode 421

Posted by Paul | April 01, 2014 at 06:31 AM ET |

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.

Star Wars Action News - Episode 420: Cheers to Planet Comicon!

Posted by Chuck | March 17, 2014 at 07:25 PM ET |

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!

Star Wars Action News - Episode 418: Star Wars Disney Style!

Posted by Chuck | March 04, 2014 at 07:36 PM ET |

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!

Star Wars Action News Episode 416: Toy Fair 2014 - Hasbro's Reveals

Posted by Chuck | February 18, 2014 at 08:51 AM ET |

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!

Star Wars Action News - Episode 416: Troops & Roses

Posted by Chuck | February 05, 2014 at 06:24 PM ET |

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.

Star Wars Action News - Episode 414: The Mighty Chewbacca!

Posted by Chuck | January 20, 2014 at 09:41 PM ET |

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!

Star Wars Action News - Episode 412: 2013 Year In Review Part 1

Posted by Chuck | December 26, 2013 at 05:03 PM ET |

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!

Star Wars Action News Black Friday Shopping Companion

Posted by Paul | November 29, 2013 at 08:45 AM ET |

It's Star Wars Action News' 8th Annual Holiday Gift Guide and Black Friday shopping companion! Click through for more!

Star Wars Action News - Episode 409

Posted by Chuck | November 11, 2013 at 07:44 PM ET |

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!

Star Wars Action News - Episode 408

Posted by Chuck | October 29, 2013 at 09:34 PM ET |

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.

Star Wars Action News - Episode 407: NYCC 2013

Posted by Chuck | October 16, 2013 at 06:37 AM ET |

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.

Star Wars Action News - Episode 406: Size DOES Matter

Posted by Chuck | October 02, 2013 at 05:12 PM ET |

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!

Star Wars Action News - Episode 405: John Jackson Miller

Posted by Chuck | September 17, 2013 at 06:47 AM ET |

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.

Star Wars Action News Episode 404: ICE, ICE, Baby!

Posted by Chuck | September 11, 2013 at 08:44 AM ET |

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!

Star Wars Action News Episode 403: Crazy Train

Posted by Paul | August 28, 2013 at 11:31 AM ET |

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.

Star Wars Action News - Episode 402: Separation Anxiety

Posted by Chuck | August 21, 2013 at 09:51 PM ET |

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!

Star Wars Action News - Episode 401: The Empire Brings Sexy Back

Posted by Chuck | August 13, 2013 at 09:24 PM ET |

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!

Star Wars Action News: 400th Episode! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Posted by Paul | July 30, 2013 at 09:35 PM ET |

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!

Star Wars Action News: Episode 399 Part II: SDCC 2013

Posted by Paul | July 24, 2013 at 10:51 PM ET |

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)

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!

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