Category Archives: Podcasts

Episode 389: A Blueprint for Adventure

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When the book Star Wars: The Blueprints by J. W. Rinzler was released in 2011 few could argue that it was not an impressive collection of schematics and a wealth of information about the construction of some of the most iconic creations in movie history.  But also, few could afford the massive book.  Now the book has been rereleased in a more shelf-friendly size and at a more affordable price.  Listen to find out how this new release compares to the original, and if you should pick this up.

With Steve reviewing the Star Wars Steelbook releases and Johnathan discussing his latest Star Wars display, it’s all in this week’s Star Wars Action News podcast!
And be sure to look for Arnie, Marjorie, and Johnathan this weekend at C2E2!  Stop them and get a free convention exclusive Star Wars Action News badge with a code that can be redeemed for an exclusive T-Shirt design!  All thanks to our awesome graphic designer Chris!

Episode 388: Animated Ewok Attack

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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.

First up is Sideshow Collectibles, who’s 12-inch Commander Wolffe figure went up for preorder last week, and who’s Legendary Scale Darth Maul figure is in stock and ready to ship!  Then we look at Gentle Giant, who just shipped their animated Ewok and Scout Trooper Maquette, and has for preorder two new jumbo figures and two new mini-busts!

Plus we also look at one inventive collector who is keeping action figure collecting lively by offering 3-D items that bring your cantina diorama to life.  It’s all on this week’s Star Wars Action News podcast!

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Episode 387: It’s Not Easy Buying Green (Cards)

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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.

Also this podcast, Brock reviews the recent novel The Last Jedi, Javier reports in on green card figure finds in Mexico, and we report on a very cool, 2-week limited art print from J.K. Woodward.  All this and more on this week’s Star Wars Action News podcast!

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Curto Burns Collectors’ Cast Special

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We’re going back… whoops, wrong franchise! Spending Christmas and New Year with his family at Rancho Obi-Wan in Northern California, James couldn’t miss up on the opportunity to record with Steve Sansweet and bring Dan in on the action as all three look back at Star Wars in 2012 – the events, the collectibles and their favourite items on a Curto Burns Collectors Cast Special.
Recorded on New Year’s Day (exactly three months ago to the day) tune in and listen as they talk about everything from Trading Cards to LEGO – you won’t want to miss this (and see if you can spot what’s changed in the last few months)!
You can download the podcast directly here or visit CurtoBurns.com

Episode 386: St. Louis is Wizard!

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Wizard World conventions are a staple for sci-fi and comic book fans.  Having produced their multi-city conventions for years in Philadelphia, Chicago, and many other cities, they now expand their reach deeper in the midwest this year with Wizard World St. Louis!  Marjorie and Arnie were at the con meeting Star Wars fans, celebrities, and seeing what Star Wars collectibles were for sale!  With the 2014 St. Louis convention already announced, should you save the date?  Listen to Arnie & Marjorie’s report to find out!

Also this week, Johnathan is back with a look at the 2013 Movie Heroes action figures, Jerry gives a Vintage Viewpoint from Endor, and Steve the Gingerprince reports in from the UK–with a chance for one lucky listener to win some of the 2013 Yoda carded Clone Wars figures not released in the USA!

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Episode 385: C-3PO Is Happy To See You

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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.

And speaking of bounty, on this week’s podcast is one bad bounty hunter — Bossk!  Sideshow’s 12-inch Bossk figure is in stock and shipping now, and Star Wars Action News reviews the exclusive version on this week’s show.  With interchangeable hands, feet, and head (with the exclusive version) listen to hear the hosts’ thoughts on this latest sixth-scale figure!

With a vintage filled report from the Toy Man Toy Show in St. Louis, a way to get an exclusive T-Shirt design this weekend at Wizard World St. Louis, and more, it’s all in this week’s Star Wars Action News podcast!

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Episode 384: Bishoujo and Jocasta Nu

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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.

Star Wars Action News segment host Nathan P. Butler has also kept busy collecting the variant covers for Dark Horse’s new Star Wars #1 comic book.  How many covers are there and how far will Nathan go to get them all?  Listen to this week’s podcast to find out!

With a UK collecting report by Steve “The Gingerprince” and Johnathan giving tips on collecting the Yoda carded Clone Wars and Movie Heroes figures, it’s all on this week’s Star Wars Action News podcast!

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Episode 383: A Wave-Full of Yakface

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With a dearth of new Star Wars figures in stores, Marjorie and Arnie run down the latest Star Wars online offerings, share news of bargain-priced Star Wars toys, and review some new Easter-themed Star Wars items!

For fans of Star Wars 3.75-inch figures the news is bad.  No new figures will be shipping for months, rumors of Target removing all Star Wars items from their toy aisles abound, and the last wave of Clone Wars figures can only be found in Germany and Canada.  On this episode of Star Wars Action News, your hosts Marjorie and Arnie run down the state of collecting, and discuss how far they are willing to go in search of these new figures.

But not all is bleak; new Star Wars novelty items are appearing in the holiday aisles of Toys R Us and Target.  From pastel Vader heads to bunny-eared Stormtroopers, the hosts review the new product hitting shelves.

With a discussion of the newest item in Sideshow’s Star Wars Mythos line of statues, bargain-priced Hasbro toys, and more, it’s all in this week’s Star Wars Action News podcast!

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Episode 382: Toy Fair 2013 Part 3 – From the Floor

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Marjorie and Arnie cover Toy Fair live from the Javitz floor discussing new toys and collectibles from Kotobukiya, Diamond Select, Uncle Milton, and more!

While Hasbro has held the biggest focus coming out of Toy Fair 2013, there were plenty of other companies presenting and revealing new Star Wars items for 2013.  On this episode of Star Wars Action News, Marjorie and Arnie report on all the rest, from Kotobukiya with their lines of statues and Bishoujos to Uncle Milton’s science-based Star Wars items, from Fantasy Flight Games with their Star Wars card, mini, and role-playing games to Diamond Select with their bust banks.  Plus LEGO with a slew of new sets for all price ranges!  Hear it all in this week’s Star Wars Action News podcast!

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Episode 380: Toy Fair 2013 Part 1

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Toy Fair 2013 is here and Star Wars Action News is your podcast source for Star Wars collecting news coverage!  On this podcast, Marjorie and Arnie recap and review the Hasbro Fan Media presentation.  From the Black Series 6-inch and 3.75-inch collector oriented figures to the new 5 points of articulation-sporting Saga Legends figures, Angry Birds, Fighter Pods, and more.  Forget the rumors you’ve heard, on this podcast you’ll hear first hand reactions to seeing the new 2013 product, as well as behind-the-scenes information such as how many 3.75-inch Black Series figures are scheduled for 2013, how The Phantom Menace 3-D hurt Star Wars collectors, and the status of the Vintage boxed Endor AT-AT in the states.  All this and more in the first part of Star Wars Action News’ 2013 Toy Fair Coverage!

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