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Episode 455: Star Wars at Conventions From San Diego to London

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The 2015 San Diego Comic-Con is gone, but not forgotten.  In addition to the exclusive First Order Stormtrooper selling out faster than you can say “Blast it!”, the images of giant TIE Fighters, working R2-D2 robots, and McQuarrie art based statues still dance in our heads.
Last week you had a floor tour of the major booths at the con.  Now join Marjorie and Arnie this week as they recap San Diego Comic-Con, including the companies with the best showings and the coolest items coming soon.  They are also joined by resident Hot Toys expert Andrew to discuss that TIE Fighter and that even bigger Millennium Falcon, and Berent recounts his experience getting into the Star Wars panel at Hall H!
Also on this week’s show, Steve “The Gingerprince” reports in from a convention on the other side of the pond:  London Film and Comic Con.  He recounts his celebrity meetings and rare purchases at the con.
All this and Brock’s review of Dark Disciple in this week’s new Star Wars Action News!

Episode 454: The Force is With SDCC 2015

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Now with Hot Toys, TIE Fighters, Hasbro reveals, and more all from the floor of San Diego Comic-Con International!

Star Wars was back in a big way at San Diego Comic-Con 2015.  Hasbro and Hot Toys competed for the most impressive TIE Fighter on the floor.  eFX filled a booth with upcoming prop replicas–including a fully functional, life-sized R2-D2, and Gentle Giant couldn’t satiate the demand for both the Jumbo and mini-Bust versions of Boba Fett.
Marjorie and Arnie were there on the floor of the con the entire time, posting interviews, panels, and more to the Star Wars Action News YouTube channel.  Now you can download their coverage to your iPhone and feel like you were there at the convention!
With an exclusive Hasbro Q&A, a look forward at offerings from Gentle Giant, a Hot Toys booth tour and so much more, it’s on this episode of Star Wars Action News.

For even more coverage, subscribe to our YouTube channel where you can see the Hasbro Panel, the Star Wars Collectibles Panel, and the Star Wars Books panels in full!

Update: SDCC 2015: Hasbro Star Wars Q&A sessions

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Several sites at SDCC were been able to secure Q&A sessions with Hasbro’s global marketing team for the Star Wars brand.  Check them out below and be sure to share your thoughts back here or at the respective sites.

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Sir Steve’s Guide
Star Wars Collector
Yoda’s News

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Episode 452: Cuckoo for Koto Stuffs

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Kotobukiya had one of the most stunning booth displays at Star Wars Celebration 2015.  Their Art-FX+ display of dozens of Stormtroopers standing at the ready, with Royal Guards and Vader at the fore, was truly a spectacular sight to behold.  They also continued to grow this line of tenth-scale statues with their celebration exclusive K-3PO and R3-A2 droid pack.  Marjorie and Arnie review those new droids, as well as the Royal Guard Art-FX+ two-pack, in this episode of Star Wars Action News!

Also in this episode, a rundown of the recently announced SDCC exclusives, more news on finding the “cancelled” wave of Droid Factory figures, A New Hope for Hot Toys, and more — it’s all in this brand new Star Wars Action News show!

Episode 451: Hot Toys Stormtroopers – Shiny and New

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Hot Toys’ line of Movie Masterpiece 12-inch scale figures continues to grow. Luke and Leia have been teased, and recently they shipped their first non-exclusive figure: The Stormtrooper, sold individually and in a two-pack. Andrew has them in hand and is here with an in-depth review.

Also in this week’s show is a discussion of the “cancelled” wave of Droid Factory figures that inexplicably appeared for sale at Go! Calendar stores across the country. Johnathan has them in hand and gives his thoughts, as well as a report of what he’s finding in stores.

With Brock reviewing Paul S Kemp’s new novel Lords of the Sith, Steve the Gingerprince giving a report from Star Wars Fan Fun Days, and Arnie and Marjorie recording live at Wizard World St. Louis, it’s all in this week’s Star Wars Action News podcast!

Episode 450: SWCA 2015 Coverage Part 3 – Floor Tour & Wrap Up

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Marjorie, Arnie, and many guests walk the floor and discuss the collectibles on display–and The Force Awakens!

Note: This podcast discusses details of The Force Awakens obtained from the second trailer and the props shown at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim.

It’s May 4th, the day fans designated “Star Wars day” and has been quickly co-opted by every Star Wars licensee to discount the items that don’t sell! But here is welcome relief from a deluge of 10% off codes — a new episode of Star Wars Action News!

In this, our final episode from Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015, Marjorie and Arnie record right from the show floor. Join them for booth tours of Sideshow, eFX Collectibles, the Celebration official store, and more!

Plus join Arnie as he talks action figures with the Hasbro Star Wars brand team. You submitted your questions and Arnie asks them!

With a group of fans giving their reactions to the new Force Awakens trailer moments after it was shown, and a recap on the convention as a whole, it’s all in this episode of Star Wars Action News!

AMC Star Wars Marathon This December

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Franchise marathons seem to be the trend these days as sequels and universe type films get released as seen most recently with the Marvel. Our friends at Star Wars Action News have received confirmation via an AMC manager that there will be a Star Wars marathon planned for the launch of The Force Awakens. Often times, these events have free swag and commemorative items to give away so you may want to start planning.

Episode 449: SWCA 2015 Coverage Pt. 2

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This podcast discusses details of The Force Awakens obtained from the second trailer and the props shown at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim.

Toys, panels, autographs, swap meets, trading, exclusive reveals and more — Star Wars Celebration Anaheim had so much to do that no one podcast can contain it all. So in this episode we get four!

Marjorie and Arnie from Star Wars Action News, Matt Fox from This Week in Star Wars, Jason Luttrull and Ryan Beise from Galaxy of Toys, and Amy Sjoberg from Star Wars Collecting Cosmos came together for the biggest podcast of the convention!

Join the gang as they discuss Star Wars collecting at Celebration, The Force Awakens, and so much more!

If you missed Celebration this show will make you feel like you were there! If you attended the con, relive the experience, all with this mega-packed podcast!

Watch now, and then join us in a few days for even more coverage of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015!

Episode 446: Hot Toys — Out of the Shadows

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Arnie and Marjorie are joined by Andrew for an in-depth three-person review of the first Star Wars figure from Hot Toys–The Shadow Trooper!

Star Wars Celebration is just 2 weeks away–have you gotten in line yet? Star Wars Action News hosts Marjorie and Arnie will be there running the Collector’s Social Area, part of the official Celebration Collector’s Track of events! On this week’s podcast, they run down the exclusives announced so far for the convention, and tell you about the one event no Star Wars collector should miss–the Swap Meet Saturday night at 7pm.

Also on this week’s show Andrew joins the hosts to look at the first figure in a new line of Star Wars figures: Hot Toys’ Shadow Trooper. After many years of creating the single best figure line for Marvel movie fans Hot Toys has now come to the Galaxy Far, Far Away. They’ve put seven figures up for pre-order already, but the first to ship was the black-armored trooper. Watch this week’s show to see how this figure ranks, and if you have to add it to your collection!

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

SWAN Episode 444: Keep Feeling Fabrikation

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Marjorie and Arnie review three of Funko’s Star Wars Fabrikation figures — Yoda, Chewbacca, and Boba Fett! Plus a review of the new Star Wars novel Heir to the Jedi and a look at the first Hot Toys Star Wars figure–Sideshow’s Bespin Luke Skywalker!

At Toy Fair International last week Funko was one of the few companies with lots of new Star Wars toys and collectibles on display.  A rising Force in Star Wars collections, Funko has cornered the market on “cute” Star Wars figures.  Last year they expanded that line to include Star Wars Fabrikations.  They’re part action figure, part plushie, and all adorable.  On this week’s Star Wars Action News Marjorie and Arnie look at three figures in this line:  Boba Fett, Chewbacca, and Yoda!
For more high end Star Wars collectors, the first Star Wars figure from Hot Toys is shipping soon–the Shadow Stormtrooper!  To prepare, listen to a review of that other Hot Toys Star Wars figure–the Bespin Luke Skywalker.  Done as part of Sideshow’s 1/6 scale figure line, this version of Luke was a partnership with Hot Toys and shows what fans can expect from the new company.
With a review of the new Star Wars novel Heir to the Jedia review of the Disney Store exclusive Empire Strikes Back figure set, Star Wars Celebration Anaheim announcements, and more, it’s all in this week’s Star Wars Action News show!

Episode 442: Toy Fair 2015 Part 1 – Hasbro, Jakks Pacific, and LEGO

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From New York Toy Fair International 2015 Marjorie & Arnie reveal the new Star Wars toy news from Jakks Pacific, LEGO, and Hasbro!

Star Wars Celebration, San Diego Comic-Con, New York Comic-Con…when it comes to toy news they all pale compared to New York Toy Fair International.  The show is where toy manufacturers reveal most of the toys that will ship throughout the year.  The show is for the toy makers to sell to wholesalers and retailers, but press is let in and for collectors it becomes a preview of the year’s new Star Wars toys!
On the first part of the Star Wars Action News report from Toy Fair, find out about all the announcements from some of the biggest Star Wars toy manufacturers–LEGO, Hasbro, and Jakks Pacific!  With an exclusive interview with Hasbro’s Star Wars brand team and more, it’s all in this episode!
And check back next week for more interviews and news from Toy Fair!

Episode 441: 1995 – Now — 20 Years of Modern Figures

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Marjorie and Arnie go into the show archives for this classic review of the first wave of Hasbro’s modern figure line!

2015 marks Hasbro’s 20th consecutive year of making Hasbro Star Wars figures. In 1995 the first figures in what’s dubbed “Hasbro’s modern figure line” were released–the Power of the Force series. To commemorate this, Star Wars Action News hosts Marjorie and Arnie dug deep into the show archives to bring you an encore presentation of this episode from 1995!

Join Marjorie and Arnie as they review Wave 1 of Kenner’s Power of the Force 2 figure line, including Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, and the Stormtrooper!

Then join Brock for the review of the then-new novel Darksaber, and Nathan P. Butler reflects on the conclusion of the Dark Empire saga with the “new” release Empire’s End!

All that, plus a look back on what it means to have 20 years of figures, on this encore presentation of Star Wars Action News!