Episode 361: Celebration VI Memories

With so much anticipation it’s hard to believe Star Wars Celebration VI is over, but with all the good times come good memories! On this week’s Star Wars Action News, Marjorie and Arnie listen to recounts of some of the best times people had at Star Wars Celebration VI, from meeting celebrities to shopping to making friends to just partying, you shared your thoughts on this episode of the podcast.

Then Jerry comes with an unusual Vintage Viewpoint, looking at Celebration VI from the perspective of a vintage collector. From Celebration VI store items that harkened back to days of OT to some of the rare items seen on the show floor, Jerry recaps it all.

With a store report on new exclusive items hitting shelves and more, it’s all in this week’s Star Wars Action News podcast!

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Darth Maul Returns on DVD

Today is the official release date of the Director’s Cut of Star Wars: The Clone Wars “Darth Maul Returns” on DVD available exclusively at Target. This feature length edit tells the arc of Maul’s reemergence from what was thought a certain death and serves as the lead in to Season 5! Get yours today at your local store or Target.com

AFX Exclusive Death Star Gunner Mini Bust

Action Figure Xpress is now taking pre-orders for their exclusive Death Star Gunner Mini Bust from Gentle Giant.

The Imperial Gunner Mini Bust was modeled using digital scans of the authentic costumes and props for the utmost accuracy and fidelity to what was seen on screen. Cast in high-quality polystone, this 1/6th scale Mini Bust is hand-painted, individually numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

For more details and pre-order info, visit shopafx.com

Toyguide Update: Clone Trooper Lieutenant (Lost Line)

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of the Clone Trooper Lieutenant (EP2-02) released as part of the Kenner Lost Line variant packaging for The Vintage Collection.

PROS: It’s surprising that it took Hasbro this long to start repainting the ultra-articulated VC45 Clone Trooper into some of peripheral clone officers from Attack of the Clones. There is not a whole heck of a lot new here but the execution here is good with an accurate color selection for the armor flashes and a fairly decent application of them. Again like the VC45 version, articulation is abundant making with widest range of posing options possible. Accessories are basic with the standard trooper kit of a blaster, rifle and removable helmet.

CONS: A solid figure all around but maybe the only issue with it is that the paint treatment looks odd around the ankles as I don’t recall the black body suit being visible on the Phase I clones. Again with most figures, finding one at retail may be a bit of a chore, but they are turning up in decent numbers at Walmart and Toys”R”Us on both card back variants.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection.

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Customizer Mega Spotlight

Today we spotlight a handful of customizers from our forums.

Leading things off, forumite mousedroidhoojib has created Grand Moff Tarkin’s widow, Lady Thalassa Tarkin, as she appeared in a 1979 newspaper strip!  Check it out here!

Next up, Darth Daddy shows us his take on Guri from Shadow of the Empire – this is a fantastic custom, be sure to click here for more pics!

PackRatStudios is also on top of his game with his version of Darth Bane, which you can see here!

Last but not least, darksider80 reveals a Dark Lady of the Sith, which you can check our here along with several other new customs!

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