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Star Wars Anthology / Star Wars Story Films Reportedly On Hold
« on: June 20, 2018, 07:08 PM »
Collider.com has posted this article today:  Exclusive: Future ‘A Star Wars Story’ Spinoffs on Hold at Lucasfilm.  The article cites "sources at Lucasfilm", stating that the only film that will be in production in the near term will be Episode 9.  No press release has been made from Lucasfilm or Disney at this time that might confirm or deny this news.

Projects in the Disney era of the Star Wars franchise have run into their fair share of troubles.  There has been turmoil in hiring writers and directors for several projects, as well as extensive reshoots that led to significant reshaping of at least two films.  There has also been extensive discussion about the release date for SOLO which was within 6 months of the release of THE LAST JEDI.  And last, but certainly not least, the box office returns for SOLO were lower than almost any previously released Star Wars film.  That last detail no doubt got the attention of higher-ups at Disney.

The rumored projects that may have been put on hold include a film centered on Obi-Wan Kenobi, and another built around Boba Fett.  There were reports of director/writers attached to those two projects, but by some accounts development work on those films has ceased.

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Star Wars Universe / Star Wars Resort - Walt Disney World
« on: May 30, 2018, 07:09 PM »
Check out this article from the Disney Parks Blog:  Update on the Star Wars Immersive Resort Planned for Walt Disney World Resort



by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Last summer, plans for a Star Wars-inspired destination at Walt Disney World Resort were unveiled at the D23 Expo.

Today we are happy to share the location of this exciting addition, which is currently under development on the south side of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, just east of World Drive. This location will allow the experience to be seamlessly connected to the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, enabling guests to fully immerse themselves in the story of Star Wars.

This experience stands out among all of our destinations around the globe. Families visiting this destination will board a starship that comes alive with characters and stories that unfold all around them during their voyage through the galaxy – and every cabin window has views of space! Guests visiting the multi-day adventure will also be welcome to participate as a resident of the Galaxy by dressing in Star Wars-inspired attire.

Keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog in the coming months for updates.




Star Wars - Galaxy's Edge is set to open at Disney Hollywood Studios in Florida in late Fall of 2019.  At this time there has been no date announced for the opening of the Star Wars resort that will connect to the Galaxy's Edge section of the park.

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I've put a bunch of stuff up for sale.  Feel free to reach out to me about any of these items:


MAILAWAY / SPECIAL EDITION / EXCLUSIVE FIGURES
3 x POTJ 300th EDITION FIGURE Boba Fett (WHITE PANEL ERROR PACKAGING) - $24 each
6 x OTC era 4 x Stormtrooper troop builder sets (POTF2 CommTech Stormtrooper w/o blast damage) - $40 each
2 x TSC Star Wars Shop exclusive Shadow Stormtrooper - $19 each
6 x 2002 Silver Saga Edition R2-D2 - $15 each
2 x 2004 Silver Saga Edition Darth Vader - $20 each
1 x 2004 SDCC Exclusive Silver Saga Edition Sandtrooper - $20 SOLD!
1 x 2006 Vintage Saga Collection mailaway George Lucas (Stormtrooper Disguise) - $60 SOLD!



GENERAL RELEASE FIGURES
POTF 2
1 x Green card Bib Fortuna - $9
1 x Freeze Frame Luke Skywalker with Blastshield helmet - $13
1 x Freeze Frame Captain Piett - $15
1 x Freeze Frame Death Star Trooper (foreign back) - $24
1 x Freeze Frame Zuckuss - $14
1 x Expanded Universe Grand Admiral Thrawn - $19  (CARD IS NOT MINT)
SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE
1 x Prince Xizor & Luke Skywalker in Imperial Guard - $19  (SELLING AS A SET)
POTJ
3 x POTJ Imperial Officers - $9 each
5 x POTJ Rebel Fleet Troopers - $9 each  SOLD!
1 x POTJ FX-7 - $15
1 x POTJ Teebo - $17
1 x POTJ R4-M9 - $22
1 x POTJ Queen Amidala (Royal Decoy) - $131 x POTJ Zutton - $11
1 x POTJ Eeth Koth - $11
2 x POTJ Tusken Raider (Desert Sniper) - $9
2 x POTJ Episode II Sneak Preview - Clone Trooper - $8 each
2 x POTJ Episode II Sneak Preview - Jango Fett - $8 each
1 x POTJ Episode II Sneak Preview - R3-T7 - $7
SAGA
1 x SAGA # 02-27 Count Dooku (Dark Lord) - $9
1 x SAGA # 02-40 Djas Puhr (Alien bounty hunter) - $9
1 x SAGA #03-04 Padme Amidala (Droid Factory Chase) - $13
1 x SAGA # 03-10 Lama Su & Clone Youth - $15
1 x SAGA # 03-15 Yoda & Chian (Padawan Lightsaber Training) - $14
1 x SAGA # 03-16 Ashla & Jampa (Jedi Padawans) - $14
1 x SAGA # 04-02 R-3PO (Echo Base Evacuation) - $14
1 x SAGA # 04-08 Rappertunie (Jabba's Palace) - $22
2 x SAGA # 04-12 Dutch Vander (Gold Leader) - $9
1 x SAGA #04-15 Captain Antilles (Tantive IV Invasion) - $19
1 x SAGA #04-16 Admiral Ozzel - $17
1 x SAGA #04-21 Lando Calrissian (Death Star Attack) - $18
CLONE WARS ANIMATED (TARTAKOVSKY CW MICRO SERIES
1 x Clone Trooper Captain (phase I red markings) - $18
ORIGINAL TRILOGY COLLECTION
1 x OTC-35 Han Solo (AT-ST Driver) - $15
1 x OTC-37General Lando Calrissian - $15
1 x OTC 05-02 Senator Yarua - $13
1 x OTC 05-05 Rabe (Queen's chambers) - $13
1 x OTC 05-06 Feltipern Trevagg - $28 SOLD!
ROTS
3 x ROTS # 06 Clone Trooper (Quick Draw) - SHOCK TROOPER VARIANT - $20
2 x ROTS # 34 Clone Pilot set (White & Grey uniform and Black uniforms) - $25
4 x ROTS # 23 SETS - Red Royal Guard & Blue Senate Guard - $26 for each set (not breaking up the sets)
1 x ROTS # 45 Governor Tarkin - $10
1 x ROTS # 49 Clone Commander Bacara - $10 SOLD!
30th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION
1 x 30-02 Galactic Marine - ULTIMATE GALACTIC HUNT - $20 SOLD!
2 x 30-04 R2-D2 - ULTIMATE GALACTIC HUNT w/ Gold Coin - $18
1 x 30-06 Mace Windu - ULTIMATE GALACTIC HUNT w/ Gold Coin - $15
2 x 30-07 Clone Airborne Trooper - ULTIMATE GALACTIC HUNT w/ Gold Coin - $20 SOLD!
1 x 30-11 Han Solo (Smuggler) - ULTIMATE GALACTIC HUNT w/ Gold Coin - $15
1 x 30-12 Luke Skywalker (Yavin Ceremony) - ULTIMATE GALACTIC HUNT w/ Gold Coin - $15
1 x 30-16 Darth Vader  (Sith Lord) - ULTIMATE GALACTIC HUNT w/ Gold Coin - $17
VINTAGE 30th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION
6 x VTAC Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth battle gear / aka Snowtrooper) - $20 each
THE VINTAGE COLLECTION
1 x VC-27 Wicket - $35 SOLD!
1 x VC-52 Rebel Fleet Trooper - $35
1 x VC-98 Grand Moff Tarkin - $85 SOLD
1 x VC-104 Lumat - $55
1 x VC-105 Emporer's Royal Guard - $85 SOLD
1 x VC-106 Nien Nunb - $60 SOLD!


FIGURE MULTIPACKS
1 x POTF2 Mynock Hunt Cinema Scene (with Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca & Mynock) - $22
1 x POTF2 Final Jedi Duel Cinema Scene (with Emporer Palpatine, throne, Darth Vader & Luke Skywalker - $35
2 x POTF2 Cantina Aliens Cinema Scene (with Labria, Nabrun Leids & Takeel) - $18
2 x POTF2 Rebel Pilots Cinema Scene (with Wedge Antilles, Arvel Crynyd & Ten Numb) - $18
1 x POTF2 Jabba's Skiff Guard Cinema Scene (with Klaatu, Barada & Nikto) - $20
1 x POTF2 Jedi Spirits Cinema Scene (with Force ghosts Anakin Skywalker, Yoda & Obi-Wan Kenobi) - $20
1 x Episode I Mos Espa Encounter (with Sebulba, Jar Jar Binks & Anakin Skywalker) - $15
1 x Episode I Tatooine Showdown (with Darth Maul, Qui-Gon Jinn & Anakin Skywalker) - $20
1 x 30th Anniversary Collection ARC-170 Elite Squad Battle Pack (Target Exclusive) - $48
1 x TLC (Red phase) Arena Showdown 2-pack w/ Roth-del Masona & Super Battle Droid - $23



VEHICLES/PLAYSETS/CREATURES
1 x Collector Fleet Imperial Star Destroyer - $80
1 x POTF2 Tatooine Skiff with Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight) - $175 SOLD
1 x POTF2 Millennium Falcon CD-ROM Playset with Han Solo - $30
1 x POTF2 Cantina at Mos Eisley 3D Diorama with Sandtrooper & Patrol Droid - $20 SOLD
1 x POTF2 Jabba's Palace 3D Diorama with Han Solo - $30
1 x POTF2 Power FX Red 5 Luke Skywalker's X-Wing - $95
1 x POTF2 Luke Skywalker with Tauntaun - $22
1 x POTF2 Jawa with Ronto - $20
1 x POTF2 Complete Galaxy Endor with Ewok & Glider - $25
1 x POTF2 Complete Galaxy Tatooine with Luke Skywalker - $20
1 x EPISODE I Fambaa with Gungan Warrior - $95
3 x EPISODE I Armored Scout Tank with Battle Droid Pilot - $151 x EPISODE I Gungan Assault Cannon with Jar Jar Binks - $10
1 x POTJ TIE Interceptor with TIE Pilot - $75
1 x POTJ AT-ST with Imperial Speeder Bike & Paploo - $55
1 x SAGA A-Wing Fighter with Pilot - $70
1 x OTC Millennium Falcon - $200  SOLD



6" BLACK SERIES
1 x 40AC R5-D4 - Gamestop Exclusive - $30
1 x TBS #27 - Director Krennic - $20
1 x TBS #28 - Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader - $20






TERMS OF SALES
-PAYPAL PAYMENTS ACCEPTED - Personal payments preferred
-VENMO PAYMENTS ACCEPTED
-Payments must be completed within 1 - 2 days of agreed sale terms
-Sale prices do not include shipping
-Shipping via USPS with tracking, and costs will be negotiated individually via PM.

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Here is The Vintage Conversation question for March 3rd:

"What are your top 3 3.75" Star Wars environments / playsets you would like to be released in The Vintage Collection? Link in our bio."



My choices?

-Mos Eisley Cantina
-Star Destroyer
-Cloud City

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Today's installment of The Vintage Conversation:
"What are your top 3 existing 3.75" Star Wars super-articulated Vintage Collection figures that you would like to see totally resculpted and re-released. Link in our bio."

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My votes are going to the following:

#TheVintageConversation
Princess Leia Organa - A NEW HOPE (resculpt of 2004 VOTC figure)
Lando Calrissian - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (resculpt of 2004 VOTC figure, now with removable cloak)
Endor Rebel Commando - RETURN OF THE JEDI (resculpt of TVC 26 to a clean shaven  likeness, and with a vest instead of the duster)

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Here is today's THE VINTAGE CONVERSATION QUESTION:

"What are your top 3 existing 3.75" Star Wars super-articulated figure would you like to see updated with new parts or deco to create a new version of that character or possibly even a totally new character? Name the figures and the parts. Be descriptive!"

My contribution:
#TheVintageConversation -
-Elite Praetorian Guard - 7th Guard from THE LAST JEDI (made from WalMart exclusive Elite Praetorian Guard)
-Jedi Master Cin Drallig - REVENGE OF THE SITH (made from Jedi like Joclad Danva)
-Princess Leia - Bespin Escape - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (made from Toryn Farr body, Bespin Leia head & new legs)

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On to something actually worth talking about?  Today’s THE VINTAGE CONVERSATION QUESTION:

-WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE STAR WARS CHARACTER THAT HAVE NEVER BEEN MADE AS SUPER-ARTICULATED FIGURES BEFORE?

You have to comment on the Hasbro Pulse Instagram page to participate.

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The Vintage Collection / JediDefender Vintage Collection Wishlist?
« on: February 27, 2018, 08:22 AM »
In light of Hasbro Pulse initiating "The Vintage Conversation", it seems like a Vintage Collection wishlist might be in order.  Especially since Hasbro seems to be actively soliciting ideas.

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Vintage Kenner / Netflix Documentary Series - The Toys That Made Us
« on: December 24, 2017, 12:30 AM »
Have Netflix?  Then you really need to check out their new series about toys, called The Toys That Made Us.  The first episode in the series covers a topic near and dear to us all:  STAR WARS! 

The inaugural episode in the series chronicles how the toy license for Star Wars was initially shopped, and how a relatively small company like Kenner was able to negotiate the rights to produce Star Wars toys.  It features interviews with many former Kenner execs, some Kenner employees that went on to work for Hasbro, as well as some high profile collectors like Steve Sansweet and Gus Lopez.  It's some pretty good stuff to take in.  Especially how Kenner let extremely favorable rights to the license lapse in 1986, leading to a renegotiation that changed everything!  Check it out.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Disney to Buy 21st Century Fox Assests
« on: December 14, 2017, 07:41 AM »
Check out this news:

Disney to Buy 21st Century Fox Assets for $52.4 Billion in Historic Hollywood Merger.

So what does this mean?  Well, 21st Century Fox owns the rights to some significant Marvel properties like the X-Men and that extended universe, as well as the Fantastic Four.  With Disney acquiring 21st Century Fox, they're now positioned to incorporate the X-Men and FF into the Disney/Marvel studios developed Marvel Cinematic Universe.  And I would definitely like to see how Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige will work towards incorporating those characters into the MCU at long last!

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The Prequel Trilogy / Fake News in the time of the PT
« on: December 11, 2017, 01:00 PM »
As we're on the verge of the theatrical release of THE LAST JEDI, Thrillist has published a look back at one of the more notorious prequel spoiler sites:  Supershadow.  It's interesting to look back at JUST HOW WRONG Supershadow was at the time, to the point of that site being the work of a pathological liar or fantasist.  They were fake news before we REALLY knew what fake news was!

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Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy sat down for an interview on THE STAR WARS SHOW to discuss current projects and the future of the franchise. 

When asked about Star Wars Rebels Kennedy hinted that "people are moving on to new things", which may line up with rumors that series EP Dave Filoni has been working on developing a new animated Star Wars tv series.

Kennedy also revealed that Lucasfilm "is looking at the next 10 years of Star Wars stories" and where the sequel trilogy characters like Rey, Finn, Poe and BB-8 might be beyond the events of Episode IX.  The interview covered a number of different story telling platforms, from virtual reality, to Star Wars in Disney theme parks and video games, and how the Star Wars story group is working to present it all in a cohesive fashion.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / NYCC 2017
« on: October 5, 2017, 10:55 AM »
STAR WARS ACTION NEWS was live from the Hasbro collector media event at New York Comic Con 2017.  New 6" Black Series reveals include:

-Resistance Rey (with new face deco technique) - JAN '18
-Captain Rex (with new face deco technique) - JAN '18
-DJ  (The Last Jedi)
-Lando Calrissian (Skiff guard disguise)
-4-LOM
-Dengar


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The Last Jedi / TLJ 3.75" BB-8 2-in-1 Mega Playset
« on: July 27, 2017, 09:22 PM »
Very cool report from Yakface about a TLJ playset.

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