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A Personal Note From Me To You And SWCO Afterthoughts

Posted by Paul | April 23, 2017 at 02:45 PM ET |

My intention was to post this days ago, but with the Fans’ Choice Poll nightmare I have been preoccupied fielding hateful emails which have included threats of lawsuits, death, and general disgust for me and the site. Then there are the social media and forums posts. I appreciate all of the heads up from our readers, but it is all meaningless to me. I called something out and it’s my duty to do so. I have championed for the return of The Vintage Collection for half a decade now (when others remained silent), and our collective interests – super-articulated 3.75" figures – remain one of the most important passions to which I cling. (These "people" have yet to realize that their hatred has no affect me. There is nothing they can say that will rattle me. In fact, it’s only helping to get JTA’s name out there more. We will surely gain new followers from this. All press is good press as far as I am concerned. It might help to know that I am like Judge Judy in a specific way, I don’t read the “fan mail” with the hate and criticisms. Anyway, as I stated, I have been meaning to post this for a while now. (more....)

SWCO 2017: Battlefront II Trailer And Panel Recap

Posted by Mike_Taber | April 19, 2017 at 08:00 PM ET |

The Battlefront II panel was one of the biggest panels at Star Wars Celebration. The creators of Battlefront II revealed a great trailer and confirmed that it will feature a single player campaign that spans the thirty years between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. The single player campaign will tell a canon story. In the campaign you will play as Iden Versio, the leader of an Imperial special forces unit known as Inferno Squad. The upcoming Inferno Squad novel written by Christie Golden will serve as a prequel to the campaign's story. The goal of the campaign is the bridge the gap between the two trilogies and to tell a story from the Empire's point of view. The multiplayer portion of the game will include all eras. The Prequel, Original, and Sequel trilogies will all be represented. Darth Maul, Yoda, Rey, Kylo Ren, and Luke Skywalker are among the playable heroes who have been confirmed. Based on what I saw at the panel, this game is going to exceed all expectations. Watch the full trailer after the jump!

SWCO 2017: Star Wars Rebels Season Four Press Conference

Posted by Mike_Taber | April 19, 2017 at 05:10 PM ET |

I was lucky enough to attend the press conference that followed the Star Wars Rebels season four panel. Dave Filoni and the cast had a lot of great stuff to say and were very gracious with their time. I had the opportunity to ask Filoni about a fan-favorite Clone Wars character. Click through to find out what he had to say!

SWCO 2017 Must Watch: The 40 Years of Star Wars Panel

Posted by Mike_Taber | April 19, 2017 at 04:43 PM ET |

If you were unable to attend Star Wars Celebration, then make sure you set aside an hour and a half to watch The 40 Years or Star Wars Panel. It's a must watch for any Star Wars fan. Click through to watch the full panel!

SWCO 2017: Final Wrap-Up and Convention Gallery

Posted by Chuck | April 18, 2017 at 10:11 PM ET |

We're closing out our coverage with the last day's Convention Gallery. We've also updated our main coverage page where we've aggregated all of our articles and galleries in one location so you can easily find them all. Click here for the Day 4 Convention gallery, and click here for our coverage portal. Much of Team JTA was on hand to bring you all of the coverage. A big thanks for Ian and Mike for joining us this year! Click below for a picture of Mike, Chuck, and Paul during our patch and chase card giveaway session.

See you in 2019!

The return of The Vintage Collection is real. See the video that we saw at the Hasbro Panel which made this a reality. Action Figure Attack has uploaded it for all to see.

SWCO 2017: Post Hasbro Booth Post-Panel (New Reveals)

Posted by Paul | April 16, 2017 at 06:25 AM ET |

Here is the our gallery of the Post Hasbro Panel images which shows off the incredible 6" figures revealed during the presentation. Check it out on our Facebook page!

Here is the our gallery of the Hasbro Panel with the earth-shattering announcement of the return of The Vintage Collection!

SWCO 2017: eFX Collectibles

Posted by Paul | April 16, 2017 at 06:15 AM ET |

Imagine if eFX made 3.75" scaled collectibles for the Hasbro figures. Incredible stuff here indeed. Check out our gallery on our Facebook page!

SWCO 2017: Vader's Fist 501st Legion Gallery

Posted by Paul | April 16, 2017 at 06:12 AM ET |

The Vader's Fist 501st Legion booth was once again amazing. Check out what we saw on on our Facebook page!

SWCO 2017: Droid Builders Gallery

Posted by Paul | April 16, 2017 at 06:08 AM ET |

The Droid Builders display was awesome as ever. Check out our gallery on our Facebook page!

SWCO 2017: Covention Photos Day 3 Gallery

Posted by Paul | April 16, 2017 at 06:05 AM ET |

Check out our Convention Day 3 Gallery on our Facebook page!

SWCO 2017: Convention Day 2 Gallery

Posted by Chuck | April 14, 2017 at 11:04 PM ET |

We will be wrapping up today's galleries with a look at what was going on around the convention floor. Click through for a little bit of everything from Star Wars Celebration 2017! Tune in tomorrow all day as we will be live-uploading galleries from many other booths around Celebration! Don't wait for our evening wrap-ups to stay up-to-date, especially with the Hasbro Panel happening tomorrow at 5:30ET!

SWCO 2017: Nissan Booth Gallery

Posted by Chuck | April 14, 2017 at 10:48 PM ET |

Nissan had an amazing booth at SWCO, with the showcase event being their Oculus Rift demo of the 360° Battle Test Experience. We got to sit down and talk about the Star Wars edition Rogue and try out the Battle Test simulation. If you are here at Celebration I highly recommend doing this. If anyone has every done one of these VR experiences you know how the environment can simulate a 1:1 experience. Getting to experience AT-ST and AT-AT walkers in a 1:1 environment is truly intimidating! Don't take my word for it, try it out at the show! If you are not here, click through to check out their booth at Star Wars Celebration!

SWCO 2017: Rancho Obi-Wan - A Trip Down Memory Lane...

Posted by Chuck | April 14, 2017 at 10:13 PM ET |

Rancho Obi-Wan had an amazing display again this Celebration, capped off by a 1970's bedroom mockup that would make any Star Wars collector from yesteryear nostalgic. Don't take my word for it, check out our full gallery after the jump!

SWCO 2017: Convention Day 1 Gallery

Posted by Chuck | April 13, 2017 at 10:52 PM ET |

Our last major gallery for the first day features a look around the convention center, cosplay, and just a little bit of everything Star Wars! Get the full gallery after the jump!

SWCO 2017: The Rebel Legion Booth Gallery

Posted by Chuck | April 13, 2017 at 10:44 PM ET |

The Rebel Legion booth was full of amazing props as usual! It was also home to JTA's little corner at the convention, as well as our friends across the pond Jedi News! Click through for a look at their set-up!

SWCO 2017: Convention Center Floor Sneak Preview Gallery

Posted by Chuck | April 12, 2017 at 02:31 PM ET |

We've been roaming around the SWCO convention center checking things out. Stop by our sneak-peak gallery to see some of the set-up in action. For easy uploading we will be making quick Facebook galleries so keep an eye on our Facebook page for new galleries as we add them. We'll add 'official' links and posts on our front page each day as well.

The Star Wars Celebration Collecting Track released today the full line of this Celebration's Star Tot line-up. Click here to have a look at all 20 of these cool little (free) collectibles! All you have to do is attend a Collecting Panel to get a free Star Tot.

Jedi Temple Archives Celebration Orlando Giveaway Schedule

Posted by Chuck | April 09, 2017 at 01:58 PM ET |

We are just days away from the biggest Star Wars party of the year! JTA has finalized their schedule. Want to know where and when we will be? Click through for our full giveaway/meet-and-greet schedule for all four days...

Hungry for more Celebration Orlando exclusive JTA merchandise? For the 3rd U.S. Celebration in a row we are proud to be participating in the Collecting Track patch set giveaway. Along with several other popular sites we will be sponsoring one piece of this six piece set. Click through for full details....

Share Your re-Collections at Star Wars Celebration

Posted by Chuck | March 29, 2017 at 09:38 PM ET |

You cannot freeze your fandom in carbonite, but you can preserve your Star Wars memories on video at this year’s Star Wars Celebration at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center. Click through for full details....

Del Rey Star Wars Celebration Orlando Schedule and Giveaways

Posted by Chuck | March 23, 2017 at 08:33 PM ET |

Book collectors will want to take note of the schedule for authors that are signing at Celebration next month. Looks like they will be signing all 4 days. Get the full schedule after the jump! It's also worth noting that you can get a free Thrawn pin with the purchase of the new Star Wars: Thrawn book, and a cool 40th tote bag. Sign me up!

Rancho Obi-Wan Celebration Orlando and 2017 Membership Details

Posted by Chuck | March 22, 2017 at 10:07 PM ET |

Click here for the latest details on the 2017 Rancho Obi-Wan 2017 membership, as well as Celebration Orlando details, and help support this great cause! Rancho Obi-Wan will be exhibiting at Star Wars Celebration Orlando, April 13-16, 2017, booth 2701 near the main entrance to Exhibit Hall B.

Star Wars Celebration Orlando Art Show Pre-Orders

Posted by Chuck | March 21, 2017 at 05:59 PM ET |

The full line-up of Art Show prints for Celebration Orlando 2017 can now be viewed right here. You can also pre-order many of the prints for pick-up at the show, a huge time saver if you are looking to buy.

Hundreds of artists were considered for the Star Wars Celebration Art Show, in the end Lucasfilm and the panel of judges narrowed down their selection to just 32 artists to create exclusive new illustrations for the event. Two of the featured artists are the duo of Joe Corroney and Hi-Fi color design's Brian Miller who frequently collaborate on cover illustrations for sci-fi comics like The X-Files, Star Trek, and Doctor Who as well as Star Wars art for book covers, Star Wars Insider magazine, Topps trading cards, Disney Parks, and Star Wars collectables for ACME Archives & Dark Ink Art. Click through for full details!

The full line-up of Collector's Track panels have been revealed for Celebration next month. Along with the panels, there will be 20 different Star Tots given out. So, if you attend a panel, you get a tot. Get the full line-up right here!

Celebration Orlando C-3PO Puzzle Patch Set Announced

Posted by Chuck | March 14, 2017 at 05:32 PM ET |

Patch collectors that attended Celebration Anaheim will remember the amazing set that the OSWCC (Ohio Star Wars Collectors Club) put together featuring the Darth Vader's Collectors Case puzzle patch set. This year they are following up that set with another home run: The Celebration Orlando C-3PO Puzzle Patch Set.

Members of Ohio Star Wars Collectors Club are pleased to present an exclusive collecting opportunity at Star Wars Celebration Orlando: A 20-piece patch set that makes up a full size vintage Kenner C-3PO Action Figure Case. The full set when assembled is over 17” wide! Click through for full details on how to find each patch!

   

Star Wars Celebration Officially Announced For 2019

Posted by Chuck | March 08, 2017 at 09:15 PM ET |

The official Star Wars Celebration site announced today that Celebration is returning in 2019. No official location or dates yet, and no word if we will see another overseas Celebration in 2018. Click through for the official announcement.

Attending Celebration next month? The Diorama Workshop celebrates 15 years of Celebration building this year with the continuation of this long-standing event. Click here for the announcement details on this year's build. Congrats to Frank D'iorio and his team!

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson will appear on stage at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando on Friday, April 14th. There will be plenty of surprises and special guests on the panel to keep the excitement brewing and speculation spinning throughout the rest of the weekend. Visit http://www.starwarscelebration.com/ for tickets, and check back closer to the show for queuing and wristband details.

The flagship panel for the last 2 celebrations (The Force Awakens panel, Rogue One panel) were both awesome to be a part of, so I expect this one will be just as exciting! I'm looking forward to it! Click here for details!

But wait, there's more! With the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars here, JTA couldn't just stop at 12 exclusive cards. Introducing our Series 2 Chase Set, featuring 4 alternate card backs of characters first introduced on the iconic 12-backs. We'll give away 1 chase card per day at Celebration Orlando. Details on how to get each card will be revealed as we get closer to Celebration! Now you have 4 more reasons to come see us this April! In case you missed our first announcement, details on Series 2 can be found here.

JTA is proud to announce our second series of large format trading cards! This super-sized 40th Anniversary set will be handed out each day at Celebration Orlando this April. Details on when and where you can pick up Series 2 will be announced as we get closer to the event. This set follows our hugely popular Series 1 that we handed out last year at Celebration Europe. As always, attendees of the event can stop by and pick these up for free! Stay tuned for more details!

Celebration Orlando 2017 Badge Art Revealed

Posted by Chuck | December 21, 2016 at 02:39 PM ET |

The badge art for next year's Celebration in Orlando has been revealed. Starwars.com has the full badge set. The sketch art is a nice change from past designs. Click through to see the rest!

    

Celebration Catch Up: Rebels Season 3 Trailer Breakdown

Posted by Mike_Taber | July 21, 2016 at 02:03 PM ET |

The trailer for season three of Star Wars Rebels certainly got a lot of people talking. From the introduction of Grand Admiral Thrawn(!) to the continued threat of Darth Maul, it appears we’re in store for a very eventful third season. It’s time to delve deep into this jam-packed trailer. Click through for the full breakdown

Celebration didn't feature a big Episode VIII announcement, but director Rian Johnson was on hand to talk about the process of bringing the latest chapter in the Star Wars saga to life. Although we've heard a lot of what he said before, Johnson offered up some interesting information when he listed six films that influenced the direction of Episode VIII. The six films he mentioned were Bridge on the River Kwai, Gunga Din, Sahara (1943), Letter Never SentTwelve O'Clock High, and Three Outlaw Samurai. It's definitely an intriguing group of classic movies and they almost exclusively take place during the middle of war. It will be interesting to see how directly these films influenced Episode VIII. 

Celebration Catch Up: Ahsoka's Untold Stories Panel

Posted by Mike_Taber | July 21, 2016 at 11:47 AM ET |

One of the most anticipated panels at Celebration Europe was the Ahsoka's Untold Stories Panel. Thankfully, StarWars.com has made the entire panel available for anyone to watch on their YouTube page. Click through for our full report!

Want the full details on how you can pick up our free Palitoy poster and Vintage Card Back trading cards? Click through for the full information packet!

The members of The Dark Empire, Norwich Star Wars Club UK, and the Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society have created an exclusive patch set to be distributed at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016. You can collect all three pieces to assemble a patch that depicts Rey's first confrontation with Kylo Ren in the forests of Takodana. Each piece was produced in a limited run of 500, and will be given away free of charge. Look for these patches at the following booths:

  • The Dark Empire:  S438
  • Norwich Star Wars Club UK:  S243
  • Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society:  S356

Star Wars Celebration Europe Art Show Details Revealed

Posted by Chuck | June 16, 2016 at 10:12 AM ET |

The Celebration Art Show is back for Celebration Europe. The Official Star Wars Celebration site has revealed the artists and their unique art that will be available for fans. Click here to check out the gallery! There's a lot of nice pieces on display, but my money is on Jerry Vanderstelt!


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