Archive for ‘Collecting’

Sneak Peek: Phantom Menace Expanded Visual Dictionary Team | September 21, 2011

Coming from DK Publishing on January 12, 2012 is an updated, expanded edition of The Phantom Menace Visual Dictionary, fully redesigned and sporting several new spreads throughout! This will make the perfect addition to DK’s expansive library of Star Wars Visual Dictionaries that already span the entire Star Wars saga! Check out several of those new spreads here (PAGES NOT FINAL). Also, expect a special cut-away view of Darth Maul’s lightsaber in this edition (not pictured)!

Designer Star Wars Wallpaper from Super7 Team | September 15, 2011

Super7 is proud to announce the inaugural release of Star Wars x Super7 Collection: The Imperial Forces Wallpaper! Featuring textured portraits of Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and members of the Empire, this hand-screened, flocked, designer wallpaper is an artistic way to decorate your office, collectibles room, or space station.

Originally created by Super7 founder Brian Flynn as unique decoration for his retail store on San Francisco’s historic Haight St, the wallpaper was noticed by Star Wars super-collector and author Steve Sansweet, who took note of the high-quality and striking presentation. “I’m thrilled that this amazingly cool wallpaper is now available to Star Wars fans everywhere,” says Sansweet. “I’ve already used it on a large wall in the still-to-be-finished addition to Rancho Obi-Wan, and the folks who have seen it so far all want to rip a piece of it off the wall! What could possibly be better than ‘fuzzy-headed’ Imperials and a bounty hunter gracing your Star Wars collection room?”

Star Wars Imperial Forces Wallpaper is available in a variety of roll sizes – please check the dimensions of your room and consult online wallpaper calculators to determine your needs. Rolls begin at $75 and can be ordered here.

NYCC Droid 2-Pack Hallmark Exclusive Team | September 15, 2011

Hallmark will continue its 2011 celebration of the Star Wars saga with a Hallmark Keepsake Ornament two-pack to be sold exclusively this fall at New York Comic Con, October 13-16.

The astromech droids R2-Q5 and R2-A3 will be featured as Keepsake Ornaments sold together during the popular culture convention, scheduled October 13-16 at the Javits Center in New York City.

You’ll recall the black and bronze-bodied R2-Q5 being assigned to the second Death Star as the red-trimmed R2-A3 flew along with X-wing pilot Wedge Antilles. This special-edition Keepsake Ornament two-pack was created specifically for the event with a limited production of 800.

Visitors to the Hallmark booth will receive a series of collectible buttons featuring quotes from the 2012 line of Star Wars gifts, which will be available exclusively at Hallmark Gold Crown stores. A different design in the series will be given away in limited quantities on each day of the convention.

Other activities include visits from Star Wars characters courtesy of the 501st Legion, a sneak peek of Hallmark’s Star Wars products planned for 2012 and fun giveaways. If you are attending New York Comic Con this year, be sure to drop by Hallmark at Booth 110 within the dynamic Star Wars Pavillion to catch all the action.

Cut Jedi Sandstorm Scene Done With Action Figures Team | September 2, 2011

Artist/photographer Stephen Hayford sends us two fantastic action figure diorama photos commemorating this month’s release of the Star Wars Saga on Blu-ray collection, which includes clips from several cut scenes, including the infamous Tatooine sandstorm sequence that was to follow the heroes’ escape from Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi.

Hayford also sends a nod to Lucas’ penchant for never tossing out an idea that might be used later…

Click the images for expanded views and be sure to check out Hayford’s previous Star Wars-inspired dioramas on the main site here!

Never heard of the cut sandstorm scene from Jedi? Get a video preview of it here.

Comic-Con 2011: Han in Ice, Her Universe & Hallmark Team | July 21, 2011

If you had any doubts that R2-D2 and Han Solo are the coolest characters in Star Wars before, Kotobukiya has a product that finally proves it with these ice and chocolate mold silicone trays.

In their booth in the Star Wars Pavilion at Comic-Con 2011 in San Diego, CA, fans can see Han in Ice and R2-D2 on the rocks with this fun display.

Her Universe is also back in full “Force” at this year’s Comic-Con, showing off their latest geek girl Star Wars fashions. Ashley Eckstein also tells us that they have new clothes and accessories for awesome SyFy shows like Warehouse 13 and Battlestar Galactica for those fans who like to mix up their sci-fi.

If you have a Boba Fett-ish, then Her Universe has the clothes for you!

Another hit in the Star Wars Pavilion are the new holiday ornaments from Hallmark! Darth Maul never looked more festive!

Check out the latest photos in our Comic-Con 2011 Photo Gallery on Flickr.

Be sure to stay tuned here for more Star Wars news, photos and info at San Diego Comic-Con International 2011!

“We Are Jedi” T-shirts for Japanese Earthquake Relief Team | April 29, 2011

In the wake of the recent earthquake disaster in Japan, fans from across the Pacific have received authorization from Lucasfilm to create Jedi-themed t-shirts to aid in the relief effort — a cool “We Are Jedi” banner with the country’s signature hook-shape forming the “J”. From the “We Are Jedi Project” website:

While many charity activities were made around the world, we, Japanese Star Wars fans were thinking what we could do. And then we decided to start our fundraising project. The 1st mission is to make “We are JEDI” T-shirts.

While our T-shirt project is not sponsored by Lucasfilm Ltd., we got authorization and cooperation to use some Star Wars phrases and images.

These T-shirts will be developed under the supervision of Lucasfilm and all the profits that we got from the sale of them will be contributed to the Japan Red Cross Society.

Payments can easily be made through Paypal so head on over and count yourself among the Jedi in Japan!

A Home Theater Worthy of Hyperspace Team | March 9, 2011

Why watch Star Wars on your TV in a boring living room when you can pretend you’re hanging with R2-D2 and C-3PO in the cockpit of a Corellian Cruiser? writes:

The house has 6 flat panel HDTVs each with their own futuristic touchscreen remote from Creston (each with one button – “WATCH DVD” – that sets all the correct inputs and eliminates headaches). But I’m pretty sure I’d be spending all my time in the theater.

It has life-size R2-D2 and C-3PO replicas that talk to the audience (I assume 3PO stays quiet during the actual screenings), a ceiling featuring a three-dimensional fiber optic scarscape, and a motorized pocket door that serves as the entrance, just like you’d find on a Corellian Cruiser.

Read more about this awesome home theater here:
The Most Impressive Home Theater in the Entire Star System

Baby Star Wars Adidas Posters

Bonnie Burton | March 8, 2011

Hong Kong artist Dorothy Tang created these whimsical posters to celebrate the launch of the Star Wars x adidas Originals Collection.

Done in the Chinese propaganda poster art style of “Nianhua” (New Year prints) these chubby babies called “pang wa wa” sure would have made the Star Wars saga extra-cuddly.

See more of these posters below.


A Galaxy of Misfit Toys

Pete Vilmur | March 2, 2011

Joe Yglesias collects Star Wars bootlegs — that is, quasi-Star-Wars-related merchandise that sports names like “Star Force”, “Star Battle”, “Space Gambler”, and “Star Knight” — which bear more than just a passing resemblance to characters, hardware, and weapons from our favorite faraway galaxy. Most of this stuff has been ignored, or even shunned by collectors — until now. Star Wars bootlegs and knock-offs have begun taking on a novel appeal among a growing number of fans, especially those who recall spying the stuff on their local dime store shelves back in the ’70s.

“When I started getting into bootlegs it was just for the novelty factor,” says Yglesias, who recently devoted an entire room of his house to display his Star Wars knock-off collection. “As I delved deeper into bootlegs, they took over as my prime interest. I was intrigued by them, partially for the cheese factor of the badly made, oddly-colored toys, and partially for the history of the items and how/where they were made. Now, easily 15 years later, I’ve sold or traded the majority of my licensed items and turned my collection area into a shrine for misfit Star Wars toys from around the world.”

Check out Yglesias’ Flickr set of over 130 pics from “Mos Yglesias”, a motley, expansive collection of Star Wars knock-offs from the US to Yugoslavia (and in some cases, even the molds that made them!).

Western Action Figures Tip Their Hat to Star Wars

Pete Vilmur | January 18, 2011

Star Wars undoubtedly owes the Western gunslinger for helping to shape the characters that populate its universe (see Five Westerns Every Star Wars Fan Should See) — a debt that artist figure customizer Sillof has paid in spades.

A recent update to Sillof’s Workshop includes five entries to his “West Wars” series of custom figures, which marries the Star Wars universe with the design sensibilities of the Old West. From the site:

West Wars is a line of custom figures that continues my experiment of breaking down Star Wars many elements and emphasizing them individually. The original trilogy, especially A New Hope, were influenced by westerns. The dusty small frontier towns, the seedy cantina, the quick draw shootouts, etc. This line is intended to be fully western with no other elements. For further authenticity all the names are actual combinations of historical lawmen and outlaws of the American West.

Head on over and have a look-see (via Super Punch)