In the 90s Star Wars Action News host Arnie would anxiously rip open every new issue of Star Wars Insider and turn to the collecting Q&A where he would read answers by Lucasfilm Director of Content Management and Star Wars uber-collector Steve Sansweet about collectibles old and new. Through this, Arnie had his first exposure to the owner of the world’s largest private Star Wars collection, and in the many years since starting Star Wars Action News Arnie and Marjorie have had the pleasure of meeting Steve in person many times as well as having him on the podcast.
Steve joins Arnie and Marjorie on the show again this week for the first time not as a salaried Lucasfilm employee. Those of you who are fans of Steve Sansweet on Facebook know that about six months ago he announced his retirement from Lucasfilm, and two weeks ago he announced that Lucasfilm had hired him on as a consultant. Listen to this week’s Star Wars Action News as Steve talks with Arnie and Marjorie about these latest developments, what it means for Steve’s future, as well as updates on the next Star Wars Celebration in 2012 (and every other year after that!), how things are progressing with Steve’s collection Rancho Obi-Wan, how to protect your Star Wars collectibles from aging, and many more topics.
And also this week, Justin brings you the latest collecting news, and Marjorie gives an update on her latest creation from Bonnie Burton’s Star Wars Craft Book–The Washcloth Wampa!
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From Bricks to Bothans has posted an image of a yet to be “officially” announced LEGO Super Star Destroyer (10221)! This set looks to include Vader, Bossk, Dengar, IG-88 and Imperial Officer mini-figs and a mini Star Destroyer as well! Head on over for a closer look and watch for an official announcement soon.
Our friends at Rebelscum have posted a new list of rumored figures said to make up Wave 9 of the Vintage Collection. And while some of the figures in this list have officially been revealed there are some new ones on there as well. Head on over for the complete “Rumor Report”!
In lieu of revealing the final PGM (Premier Guild Member) gift mini-busts, Gentle Giant updates with pre-order info for the 12″ Death Squad Commander, Kit Fisto Mini Bust and the Female Stormtrooper Statue – Jes Gistang.
Hasbro has relaunched their PlaySaver.com promotion where you can save $2.00 off any Hasbro Star Wars purchase over $10.00. Coupons expire May 1, 2011. Limit 2 coupons per IP address. Hey, every little bit helps these days no?
Thanks to Jeff from JediDefender for the tip!
In Sideshow Collectibles Q&A update today, they allude to the addition of battle droids and General Grievous to the 1/6th scale line starting in 2011! Head on over for the full answer as well has other Star Wars license tidbits.
Good news everyone! Those who were fearing that the Hasbro/Star Wars QnA program was D.O.A., I received confirmation from Hunter PR that they are putting the final tweaks on the program and a new schedule will be released ASAP. So, if you have a burning question to ask, head to our forums and post yours today!
Sideshow Collectibles has updated today teasing this year’s SDCC Exclusives. All will be revealed next Thursday but head on over now and guess what they are! One is obviously a 12″ Phase I Clone Trooper repaint ; ).
Our friends at Sandtroopers.com have posted some new images showcasing the soon-to-be-released Clone Wars Republic Attack Shuttle. There you’ll find package photos (open and closed), command base and flight mode shots as well as a look at the unique Clone Pilot only available in this set!
It’s been a big couple of weeks for fans of Star Wars and LEGOS! First, the fan-loved Lego Star Wars video game series had its third installment released. While the first two games covered the events from the movies, the Clone Wars TV Series has extended this franchise’s life as you can play LEGO mini-figs of Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Jar-Jar plus dozens more characters through the events of the first two seasons of the Clone Wars! Listen as Dan the Rockstar reviews this newest Star Wars video game!
But even more exciting for Star Wars Lego fans in southern California, Legoland just opened it’s Star Wars Miniland, and Star Wars Action News’ reporter Berent was on hand to cover the event with his son Pharoah, as well as talk to celebrities who share a love for Star Wars, including Gina Lee Nolan, Tony Hawk, Brooke Burke, and Christian Slater! And then Berent talks to Lego Master Builder Gary MacIntyre about the creation of this new LEGO park!
With Brock reviewing Paul S. Kemp’s new Old Republic novel Deceived, Jerry looking back at the history of Kenner, and Marjorie and Arnie finding more Star Wars collectibles in stores, it’s all this week on the Star Wars Action News podcast!
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Our friends at Jedi Temple Archives have acquired a new list of potential Clone Wars figures!
- CW60: Osi Soeck
- CW61: Even Piell
- CW62: Captain Keeli
- CW63: K2-B4 (Citadel Tactical Droid)
- CW64: ARC Trooper Fives
- CW65: Citadel Commando Droid
- CW66: ARC Trooper Echo
- CW67: Adi Gallia
- CW68: Captain Wilhuff Tarkin
- CW69: OOM-10 (With Reprogrammed Battle Droid)
Remember, nothing is set in stone unless Hasbro says so, and even then things can change. ; )
For those who have yet to pull the trigger on ordering Yoda’s Hut – Dagobah 12″ figure environment, here is a friendly reminder that if you choose to go the FLEXPay route, your orders must be in by this Friday (April 8). The first installment payment of $91.66 will be processed this Sunday, April 10. Don’t miss your chance in owning this amazing piece!
Gentle Giant has revealed one of the three PGM (Premier Guild Member) gift mini-busts for this year. Head on over to Gentle Giant’s Blog for a closer look at a shirtless and tattooed Darth Maul! Be sure to head back later this week when another one is revealed.
Yak reader Chad Ryan writes in to let us know that he found the Droid Gunship at one of his Target stores near Huntsville, Alabama. Like the Vintage Collection figures, distribution for new vehicles have been pretty hit or miss in some areas. So, if you are still on the lookout for this one, start checking those Target shelves again.
One of the most anticipated figures of 2011 has popped up on eBay… the first listing sold through extremely fast. Keep your eyes posted online for more if you don’t want to deal with Hasbro’s case ratios this summer and the continued distribution problems we are all seeing with this line.
Thanks to forumite stroebel83 for the heads up!