Category: Merchandise

  • A Vintage Toy Story in Paris

    I didn’t visit Paris to watch the conclusion of the Tour de France and I wasn’t planning to spot Quasimodo at the Notre Dame either. This time I had an appointment with history: an appointment with Star Wars toys. As president of TeeKay-421, the Belgian Star Wars Fanclub, I received an invitation from a respected Belgian newspaper to visit the exposition called “Les Jouets Star Wars” (“The Star Wars Toys”) at the Les Arts Décoratifs museum. I went by Thalys from Brussels to Paris, armed with the latest Dark Horse comics and The Essential Reader’s Companion.

  • Writing Perils or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Action Figure Book

    When last you left this little corner of the net, I’d been relating how I had gotten the much-delayed go-ahead to start writing Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection last Dec. 9—yet the deadline for the first third of the book was 10 days later. On top of that, I had been informed that the book had to be written in hidden data fields that, unbeknownst to me and many others, are part of every jpeg photo file.

  • Geek Chic Star Wars Fashion from Black Milk

    Star Wars has officially met high-fashion. Black Milk unveiled its new line of Star Wars-based clothes and swimwear today, which takes the characters and imagery of Star Wars and repurposes them in fresh, creative ways. Watch the trailer below to get a look at the designs, including an Artoo-Detoo one-piece bathing suit and Han and Chewie leggings.

  • Don’t splash water on your Star Wars collectibles! They could multiply before your eyes!

    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 things you probably don’t remember

    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.)

  • Rancho Obi-Wan: From dream, to reality to “Experience”

    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!

  • Win a Life-size Darth Maul!

    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.

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