Category Archives: Podcasts

Episode 273: A Spoonful of Star Wars with Robot Chicken!

On December 19 a Star Wars trilogy comes to its conclusion – the Robot Chicken Star Wars trilogy! Trailers have appeared online in the past week, and now Seth and Matt join Arnie and Marjorie on Star Wars Action News to discuss why this is their favorite of the three Star Wars Robot Chicken specials, how this episode is a bit different than the past two, and they even discuss a little bit about their upcoming new Star Wars animated series! Plus, does George Lucas get food trapped in that beard? Listen to this week’s show to find out!

Also this week, Steve, the Gingerprince, reports in from London’s Collectormania event and gives you a chance to win a picture hand-signed by everyone’s favorite Gungan, and Berent has an interview with Bwana Spoons and his Spoonful of Star Wars action figure paintings from DesignerCon in Pasadena!

All this, and cheap AT-ATs and Hailfire droids on this week’s Star Wars Action News!

And remember, if you enjoy Star Wars Action News, please vote daily for us on the Podcast Awards at podcastawards.com!!!!

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct links: Audio Only or Enhanced

Episode 271: The Whole Galaxy In Your Hands

In less than two weeks the biggest shopping day in America is upon us, and the stores are getting ready. And in this economy, many stores aren’t even waiting until Black Friday to offer deep discounts on the hot holiday items of the year. From several stores having the Hasbro AT-AT for $75 or less to Target already marking down its brand new exclusives to Star Wars Shop offering 25% off everything they have in stock, and more such as Transformers for $8 and Clone Wars Y-Wing for under $40, listen to this week’s Star Wars Action News as Arnie and Marjorie run down all the biggest bargains and what stores to hit for the newest Star Wars holiday items!
Among all the discounts are several Uncle Milton items, so this week the hosts of Star Wars Action News provide an in-depth hands on review of the Uncle Milton Death Star planetarium. With Uncle Milton toys always trying to provide both fun and education, some of their items are more successful than others. Is the planetarium something you should want under your tree this holiday season or would a lump of coal be preferable? Listen to find out!

And finally, our Sithmas Gift Exchange sign-ups are still open! Head to the Star Wars Action News forums now to register because the Sithmas Gift Exchange is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get!

All this and more on this week’s Star Wars Action News podcast!

*AND…* for more toy collecting fun, head to marvelicioustoys.com for Venganza Media’s newest podcast, Marvelicious Toys, Marvel Comics toy discussion hosted by Marjorie, Arnie, and Justin! Our first episode is out today and you can win a Sideshow Collectibles’ Punisher vs Daredevil diorama, a Wave of Hasbro Marvel Universe figures from Backstage Toys, and more!

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct links: Audio Only or Enhanced

Episode 270: When 900 Years Old You Reach, Smell As Good You Will Not!

With The Force Unleashed 2 hoopla dying down (as everyone has already beaten the game) Marjorie and Arnie return to business as usual on Star Wars Action News, running down the latest sales in stores and online, as well as reviewing a number of new items they’ve found in stores including Target’s exclusive Star Wars Mini Muggs and the Yoda: Bring You Wisdom I Will statue and book!

Also on this week’s show, Nathan P. Butler provides a comprehensive look at collecting Star Wars home video releases, and Steve “The Gingerprince” checks in with the latest toys hitting UK shelves.

With a contest to win a Lego Slave I set and much much more, it’s all on this week’s Star Wars Action News!

And after listening be sure to stop by the Star Wars Action News forums at swactionnews.com and sign up for the Star Wars Action News annual Sithmas Gift Exchange where you trade holiday gifts with other Star Wars fans! This has been a fun event Darth Prime has been running for several years now, and the first deadline is November 23rd! So head to swactionnews.com and sign up today!

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct links: Audio Only or Enhanced

Episode 269: TFU II — Part 3: Reviews Unleashed

With The Force Unleashed 2 Star Wars fans have their biggest video game event since the original. Starkiller is back and seemingly more powerful than ever! However while hype was high among Star Wars fans early buzz on the game was mixed. Now Star Wars Action News brings you the definitive review podcast for The Force Unleashed 2. Arnie and Marjorie review every aspect of the Collector’s Edition of the game for the XBox 360–the graphics, the gameplay, the story, and the much maligned duration of the game.

Also chiming in are Dan and Jerry from Republic Forces Radio Network, who went to the midnight launch of The Force Unleashed 2 at their local gamestop and talk to excited fans eager to play the game, and then they provide their views on the Collector’s Edition.

Owen Cheddar and his father call in with thoughts on the Wii version of the game, including multiplayer.

Finally we play your thoughts on the game. All week, Star Wars Action News has been asking for your voicemails reviewing the game. Listen to find out what your fellow Star Wars fans think of the game!

All this and great bargains on Slave I and AT-ATs to boot on this week’s Star Wars Action News!

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct links: Audio Only or Enhanced


Episode 268: TFU II — Part 2: Brett Rector Unleashed and Zombie Troopers

Our pre-release coverage of The Force Unleashed 2, coming out tomorrow, continues this week as Arnie interviews The Force Unleashed 2’s Producer Brett Rector. They discuss the making of the game, its various editions, and what LucasArts staff layoffs mean for the possibility of a The Force Unleashed 3! And Brock brings a spoiler-free review of the novel of The Force Unleashed 2. Wonder if the story of the new game is any good? Listen to Brock’s review to find out!

Also this week, Berent brings you a new type of contest where you can win a huge Zombie stormtrooper action figure diorama, sure to be a spotlight of your collection not only during Halloween but year round! And Berent talks with the artists who created the diorama.

With listener voicemails and store reports of new Star Wars exclusives, it’s all this week on Star Wars Action News!

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct links: Audio Only or Enhanced

Episode 267: The Force Unleashed II — Part 1: Sean Williams Unleashed

For Star Wars fans, the biggest gaming event of 2010 is in 2 weeks! No, not Rock Band, the long-awaited follow up to the groundbreaking bestseller The Force Unleashed titled (wait for it…) The Force Unleashed *II*! The staff of Star Wars Action News are excited for the return of Starkiller, and so this week they begin three weeks of the best Force Unleashed 2 release coverage on the web by interviewing Sean Williams, author of both Force Unleashed novelizations. Arnie talked to Sean about the writing process of the books, as well as Sean’s other Star Wars tie-in novel, The Old Republic — Fatal Alliance!

Also this week on the show, find out what Hasbro exclusives are showing up in stores, Brock reviews The Making of The Empire Strikes Back, and Marjorie and Arnie run down eFX Collectibles newest pre-order for their TIE Fighter model!

All this and more on this week’s Star Wars Action News!

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct links: Audio Only or Enhanced

Episode 266: The Making of The Empire Strikes Back


This week the long-awaited The Making of the Empire Strikes Back is released, J. W. Rinzler’s follow-up to his New York Times best seller The Making of Star Wars. Rinzler is on Star Wars Action News this week discussing the process and research that went into The Making of the Empire Strikes Back, as well as several other recent Star Wars books he has worked on, including Star Wars Frames, The Sounds of Star Wars, Star Wars Visions, Star Wars Year By Year, and others!


Also this week on the podcast, Marjorie and Arnie discuss the Toys R Us exclusive Rise of Boba Fett Battle Pack, and Steve “The Ginger Prince” brings us another tale of Star Wars collecting in the UK!

All this and more on this week’s Star Wars Action News!

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct links: Audio Only or Enhanced


Episode 265: In Your Face!

Every time Star Wars has been in theaters it has meant a major promotional push, from fast-food toy tie-ins to theater exclusives to store toy resets and stocking. With the announcement of The Phantom Menace returning to theaters in 2012, Marjorie and Arnie discuss what this means for collectors, and they give their reactions to this new rendition of Star Wars. Hear it all on this week’s podcast, then give your thoughts on their voicemail at 415-508-JEDI.

Also this week, Jerry addresses the differences in the vintage AT-AT box and the Toys R Us exclusive “Vintage” AT-AT box, a listener calls in on his brand new R2-D2 phone, a review of the Celebration 5 Bossk maquette, and a rundown of all the latest collecting news.

All this and more on this week’s Star Wars Action News podcast!

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct links: Audio Only or Enhanced


Episode 264: I’d Buy That For a Dollar!!

For Star Wars collectors who value quantity over quality, the Target One Spot is the place to be! From Stress Balls to coloring books to dry erase boards, yo yos, quote pens, and more, it’s all there for $1 each! Arnie and Marjorie got it all and reviews it for you! Is a C-3PO “stress ball” worth $1? How about a Clone Wars notepad? Listen to find out!

Also this week, Marjorie and Arnie are once again walking in the American Cancer Society 5k to raise money for Breast Cancer research. Please support this cause by donating to their walk at the American Cancer Society here.

With Star Wars cups and coasters, tips on where to get Jodo Kast, and more, it’s all on this week’s Star Wars Action News podcast!

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct links: Audio Only or Enhanced

Star Wars Fans Unite To Beat Leukemia

Heroes Landing, along with Star Wars Action News have joined forces to host a Star Wars Trivia Night to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Central Florida. The event will be held on August 11, 2010 at 7:00 pm. This event will be emceed by Marjorie Carvalho and Arnie Carvalho, hosts of Star Wars Action News, a popular Star Wars podcast.

The event will be held at Heroes Landing, located at 12348 Roper Boulevard, Clermont, FL. All questions will be Star Wars themed with topics ranging from the six Star Wars movies to the hit Cartoon Network show Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Trivia will be team-based with the winning team receiving 50% of the entry fees with the rest, as well as any other money raised, donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Central Florida. In addition to the team cash prize, there will also be chances for individuals to win door prizes donated by Star Wars Action News, Sideshow Collectibles, Dark Horse comics, and a gift certificate to Heroes Landing.

This event will take place the evening before the official Star Wars Celebration begins in Orlando. “We are very excited that Heroes Landing asked us to help out with the trivia night,” said Arnie Carvalho of Star Wars Action News. “This is a perfect kick off to the biggest Star Wars party in the galaxy – Star Wars Celebration and it’s a great benefit for great charity.”

Heroes Landing’s Todd Merrick added “Heroes Landing has always supported local charities and knew that teaming up with Star Wars Action News would reach a broader audience than just our local community. We look forward to hosting this event with great success.”

Join Heroes Landing and Star Wars Action News as bring Star Wars fans and trivia buffs together to raise money for an important cause. The event begins at 7:00 PM, teams or individuals can register starting at 6:30 PM.