At least I assume that Gremlin-esque transformation of a part of my collection happened sometime during the insanely wonderful Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando. How else to explain the simple math: We arrived at the Orange County Convention Center with 17 pallets and crates weighing well over two tons. The returning truck has 26 pallets and crates weighing who-knows-how-much!
Star Wars Celebration VI is approaching, and I’ll be there, doing panels and a number of signings for Dark Horse and Del Rey. I’ve always enjoyed these kinds of appearances immensely. Working in my office at Faraway Farms at the end of a dead-end road in Wisconsin traveled only by deer and other ungulates, I’m well removed from contact with readers. Or, well, primates of any kind. (The UPS guy is my only friend.)
I didn’t set out to amass the world’s largest private collection of Star Wars memorabilia, or WLPCoSWM for you acronym fans. It just kind of happened. It’s like a baby’s first steps: First one tentative foot forward, soon followed by the second, then a quicker third step…and the next thing you know, little Carl Lewis is winning nine Olympic gold medals in Track and Field!
If you’re a European Star Wars fan, this strikingly realistic statue of Darth Maul might look familiar – 15 of these bad boys were produced by Hasbro along with Lucasfilm and Studio Oxmox last fall to help promote the 3D release of Episode I earlier this year.
The fans have spoken, the guest judges have made their picks, and at last the winners of WeLoveFine’s first-ever Star Wars T-Shirt Design Contest are here!
Collectors of Hasbro’s Star Wars toy lines got a sneak peek of what new characters, vehicles, exclusives and more are coming soon to a toy shelf near you! The update includes a preview of the expanding series of Fighter Pods as well as the return of the “Build a Droid” pack-in promotion for 2013, allowing collectors to piece together droids from unique parts included with each action figure. The final slide in the presentation also reveals Hasbro’s 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International exclusive! Check out the entire slideshow, just beneath the fold…
Star Wars Day kicked off this morning at San Diego Comic-Con International with a Star Wars Collectibles Update panel showcasing new and upcoming releases by eFX, Gentle Giant Studios, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow Collectibles. Moderated by Lucas Licensing’s Chris Spitale, the previews include sneak peeks at eFX’s new Darth Maul lightsaber and biker scout helmet, Kotobukiya’s new light-up lightsaber chopsticks and Star Wars Bishoujo statue line, and Sideshow’s upcoming sixth-scale figures and new Mythos series! Below the fold, check out the slideshow presentations to get a first look at what’s coming from eFX, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow!
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