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Star Wars Universe / Anime OT Space Battle
« on: July 3, 2014, 09:58 PM »
This just popped up in my Facebook news feed.  It's an anime style Star Wars space battle between the Rebel Alliance and the Empire.  Truth be told, it looks pretty amazing!  The Imperial Forces include Star Destroyers, TIE Fighters, TIE Bombers and TIE Interceptors.  That force faces off against a Rebel fleet with a Nebulon B Frigate, X-Wings and Y-Wing fighters.

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Evidently there was something of a bidding war among cities that wanted to be the home of George Lucas's museum.  The results are in, and the winner is:  CHICAGO!  Here's the article:



The Force Be With You: George Lucas Picks Chicago for Museum
 
By Amy Langfield


Darth Vader, Indiana Jones, Alfred E. Neuman and Kim Novak may all be headed to Chicago to live under the same roof.

The Windy City this week was tapped as the future home of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, the dream project of director George Lucas, whose credits include "Star Wars," "Indiana Jones" and other blockbusters.

"LMNA will be a gathering place to experience narrative art and the evolution of the visual image — from illustration to cinema to digital arts," reads a statement from the museum.

"I'm actually super excited about the Lucas museum because there hasn't been anything that looks at quite what they're going to look at," said Brooks Peck, a curator at the EMP Museum in Seattle, which focuses on music, sci-fi and pop culture. The Lucas project, which is still somewhat under wraps, looks like it will be "highlighting very American art forms" including the work of Norman Rockwell, special effects and sci-fi blockbusters, Peck said. "These are all American inventions."

The website for the planned museum includes a neo-classical painting from Maxfield Parrish, a 1963 cover of MAD magazine, a pinup-style drawing of actress Kim Novak by Alberto Vargas and a still from the movie "Rango."

Peck said he's hoping the museum includes a lot of behind-the-scenes items, such as storyboards and technical equipment that is gaining in popularity at other museums.

The Lucas museum will "be a gathering place to experience narrative art and the evolution of moving images—from illustration to cinema to the digital mediums of the future. The museum's seed collection—a gift from founder George Lucas — spans a century-and-a-half and features the images and the mediums that have profoundly shaped our cultural heritage," according to the website.

Seattle's EMP museum, co-founded by Microsoft's Paul Allen, has had some experience in this realm, including "Icons of Science Fiction, Battlestar Galactica" and "Avatar: The Exhibition." The Avatar exhibition was a technical behind-the-scenes exhibition while the Battlestar Galactica show focused more on the story and themes, said Peck, who worked on both shows. "Sci-fi allows you to explore different social problems a little bit removed because it makes it easier to talk about," he said.

Indeed, this won't be the first time Lucas' work has found its way into a museum. In 1997, the hugely popular "Star Wars: The Magic of Myth" exhibition made its debut at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum and toured internationally for several years after.

That exhibition drew heavily on Joseph Campbell's view of the "hero's journey" drawing on mythical themes such as a young hero with faithful companions, an endangered maiden, a wise guide, monster combat, sacrifice and resurrection. And of course it included scale models of the Imperial Star Destroyer and the Millennium Falcon and costumes from the likes of R2-D2, C-3PO, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Yoda, Boba Fett, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Darth Maul and Jabba the Hutt.



"George was a good friend of Joseph Campbell, and has been a good friend to the Foundation," the not-for-profit Joseph Campbell Foundation said in a statement to CNBC. "We admire and respect George's decision to share his extensive art collection with the public, and wish him success in finding an appropriate venue."

Chicago this week was chosen as the winning city for the museum, which is planned to open by 2018. On Wednesday, the location was approved by Lucas' museum board members; their names have not yet been made public, a spokeswoman for the museum said.

"Choosing Chicago is the right decision for the Museum, but a difficult decision for me personally because of my strong personal and professional roots in the Bay Area," said Lucas, who set "American Graffiti" in his hometown of Modesto, California.

While Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he's enthusiastic about the museum's plans, the Chicago Tribune warns there will likely be a legal challenge from open space advocates who will argue the plan for the 17-acre site violates Chicago's landmark Lakefront Protection Ordinance. The Lucas group plans to submit architectural renderings for the site to the City of Chicago in the fall.



"No other museum like this exists in the world, making it a tremendous educational, cultural and job creation asset for all Chicagoans, as well as an unparalleled draw for international tourists," Emanuel said.
 
Indeed Chicago could use the boost as its share of the international tourist market has grown more slowly than other major U.S. cities, according to data from the U.S. National Travel & Tourism Office. International tourists are much sought after as they tend to stay longer and spend more, according to industry surveys.

The Lucas project should help provide a strong boost to Chicago's already strong museum scene, said Ford Bell the president of the American Alliance of Museums.

While the Alliance's database includes more than 22,000 U.S. museums, there is no other narrative art museum.

"I think it's unique, which is what you'd expect from George Lucas," Bell said.

(The EMP Museum exhibition on "Battlestar Galactica" included items from the archives of NBCUniversal. CNBC is a division of NBCUniversal.)


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Star Wars Rebels / Star Wars Rebels Saga Legends Figures
« on: December 30, 2013, 02:16 PM »
Behold, the Inquisitor

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The Original Trilogy / ROTJ Lost Footage?
« on: October 28, 2013, 11:29 AM »
Lost 'Return of the Jedi' footage discovered on $699 LaserDisc.

Check out the text from the article:



Buyers of a rare LaserDisc used to demonstrate an 80s-vintage film editing system have found it full of raw footage from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, graciously posting clips to a Facebook account over the course of the past several days. Most of the clips are from Luke Skywalker's last visit to Yoda on Dagobah, but another gem features a full minute (without audio, unfortunately) of R2-D2 repairing Skywalker's damaged X-wing.
 
For the lucky buyer, $699 well spent

The origin of the LaserDisc isn't entirely clear, but it was purchased for $699 off eBay, apparently once used to demonstrate Lucasfilm's EditDroid station — one of the first digital film editing systems sold nearly 30 years ago. Ironically, George Lucas himself never used EditDroid to make a movie; the Star Wars clips were loaded simply to show off its capabilities to prospective buyers.

Lucasfilm, of course, is no stranger to fiercely protecting Star Wars copyrights, and it's reasonable to assume the disc buyer's clips may not stay online for long — particularly considering that they'd make a great addition to a future Blu-ray bundle.


The article includes some of the footage of R2-D2 making repairs on Luke's X-Wing.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / New York Comic-Con 2013
« on: September 25, 2013, 01:09 PM »
So, NY Comic Con is coming up in a bit over 2 weeks.  And Hasbro has made a point of exhibiting at the show as it has quickly grown into one of the biggest pop culture events of the year.  And the last time I went, Hasbro had some new figures to show off.  Will they again this year?  I'm certainly hoping so, since there wasn't that much revealed at the summer conventions.  Could we see wave 4 of the Black Series?  Maybe a hardcopy of Merumeru?  I'm hoping so.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / 6" Black Series - 2014 Wave 1
« on: July 21, 2013, 01:11 PM »
Could this be the first figure of wave 3?  GH gives us a look at the 6" Obi-Wan Kenobi (Revenge Of The Sith)

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Star Wars Universe / Star Wars Movie Spin-Offs?
« on: February 5, 2013, 08:25 AM »
In related news...

What's the first stand alone STAR WARS film to be made?

It looks like it could be a Yoda story.  Given the fact that Yoda was 900 years old, there seems to be plenty of ground that could be covered in exploring the diminutive Jedi Master.

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12" Figures / Sideshow 1:6 Yoda - Jedi Master
« on: January 3, 2013, 03:32 PM »
The prequel version of Yoda in Sideshow's 1:6 scale Order of the Jedi line is now up for preorder.  This one is $99.99.

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The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / $5 Vintage Collection @ Five Below
« on: October 17, 2012, 05:44 PM »
Finally seeing TVC figures other than the AOTC wave at 5 Below stores.  I spotted the following today:


___  VC25 - R2-D2 with pop-up lightsaber & drink tray
___  VC26 - Rebel Commando
___  VC38 - Clone Trooper (212th Battalion)


WAVE 6 (2011 WAVE 2)
___  VC44 - Luke Skywalker (Dagobah Landing)
___  VC45 - Clone Trooper
___  VC46 - AT-RT Driver
___  VC47 - General Lando Calrissian
___  VC48 - Weequay (Skiff Master)
___  VC49 - Fi-Ek Sirch (Jedi Knight)


AT-RT Drivers for $5?  Nice!  It's probably one of my favorite Clones in the TVC line.

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Well of the Souls / Raiders in IMAX ~ September 7-13
« on: August 14, 2012, 11:07 PM »
Word from AICN is that Raiders of the Lost Ark might be coming to IMAX theaters in advance of the Blu Ray release.

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TV-9D9 / The Clone Wars - Season Five Discussion Thread
« on: May 4, 2012, 11:09 AM »
The teaser trailer for Clone Wars Season 5 has been posted!

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Middle Earth / The Hobbit - Toy Line
« on: December 17, 2011, 07:12 PM »
News is out about a couple of toy licensees for The Hobbit.  LEGO has signed on, and should do a pretty nice job with this.  A LEGO Smaug would be pretty awesome!

And then there's the figure line.  Check out this news from ToyNewsI.  A company called Bridge Direct has got the action figure license for The Hobbit.  Their credentials are less than impressive.

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Here's my current trade list:


FEEDBACK


HAVES

CLONE WARS

BASIC FIGURES
___  CW-EX  Commander Lock - KMART EXCLUSIVE
___  CW52  Clone Commander Colt


BATTLE PACKS
___  ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC - w/ 2 Clone Troopers, 501st Clone Trooper & 212th Battalion Clone Trooper



THE VINTAGE COLLECTION

BASIC FIGURES
___  VC26 - Rebel Commando - REVENGE (Black variant)TRADE PREFERRED
___  VC27 - Wicket
___  VC52 - Rebel Fleet Trooper
___  VC54 - ARC Trooper Commander TRADE ONLY
___  VC95 - Luke Skywalker (Hoth)
___  VC96 - Darth Malgus
___  VC97  - Clone Pilot Davijaan (Oddball)
___  VC98 - Grand Moff Tarkin 
___  VC99 - Nikto Skiff Guard
___  VC104 - Lumat
___  VC106 - Nien Nunb

EXCLUSIVES
___  AT-ST Crew 2-Pack K-MART EXCLUSIVE



TLC RED

BASIC FIGURES

___  BD50 - Cloud City Wing Guard (Bespin Security) (Utris M’toc)
___  BD56 – Dark Trooper – Phase I
___  BD57 - K'Krukh
___  BD58 - Spacetrooper



EPISODE I
FAO Schwarz Exclusive Fambaa with Gungan Warrior - $80


STAR WARS KUBRICKS
___  2005 Toys R Us 5-Pack - includes Ceremony Luke, Imperial R5, K-3PO, Ten Numb & Wicket (Ewoks version)



ASSORTED MARVEL

MARVEL UNIVERSE
-2 x Composite Hulk (2011 NY COMIC CON EXCLUSIVE)

AVENGERS BASIC FIGURES
-Black Widow

THOR BASIC FIGURES
-King Laufey





WANTS


THE VINTAGE COLLECTION

BASIC FIGURES
WAVE 9 (2011 WAVE 5)
___  VC68 - Echo Base Trooper

2012 WAVE 3
___  VC94 - Imperial Navy Commander

2012 WAVE 4
___  VC60 - 501st Clone Trooper

2012 WAVE 6
___  VC105 - Royal Guard (ROTJ)



OLDER ITEMS

___  SOTDS - MANDALORIAN WARRIORS BATTLE PACK - w/ 4 Mandalorian Warriors
___  30AC - Emporer's Shadow Guard - The Force Unleashed
___  30AC - THE BATTLE OF ENDOR ULTIMATE BATTLE PACK


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I am putting some larger items from my collection up for sale.  These are some items that I bought in quantity back in the day, and I'm trying to make a little space.  None of these items has been opened/displayed.

I will only ship to the continental United States.  Prices DO NOT include shipping.


EPISODE I
FAMBAA with SHIELD GENERATOR & GUNGAN WARRIOR (FAO SCHWARZ EXCLUSIVE) - MIB - $80 - SOLD!




POWER OF THE JEDI

B-WING FIGHTER with SULLUSTAN PILOT (TARGET EXCLUSIVE) - MIB - $60







SAGA

REPUBLIC GUNSHIP - MIB - $60 SOLD


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Prices are coming soon.  Here's a list of some of what is up for sale:

CLONE WARS
Obi-Wan Kenobi in Clone armor - $120
Anakin Skywalker - $50
General Grievous - $60
Asajj Ventress - $150 SOLD!
ARC Trooper Commander - $140
Yoda - $40 SOLD!
Mace Windu - $150
Roron Corobb - $50



ORIGINAL TRILOGY
Darth Vader - $85 SOLD!
Princess Leia with R2-D2 - $100
Boba Fett - SOLD!
Boba Fett - Celebration 4 Exclusive - $150

Also for sale....
 
MINI-BUSTS
Blackhole Stormtrooper - $325  NOW $300
Episode II Clone Trooper Lieutenant (blue) - $375 NOW $350 - SOLD!
Commander Bly (2007) - $175  NOW $150
Commander Cody (2007) - $125
Commander Bacara (2007) - $125
Commander Gree (2007) - $150
Commander Neyo (2007) - $325 NOW $300
Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper disguise - 2004 Summer con exclusive - $120



Prices do not include shipping.  Please PM me if you're interested

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