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Comic-Con 2009: Preview Night is Tonight!

StarWars.com Team | July 22, 2009

Though the first “official” day of Comic-Con International isn’t till Thursday, Wednesday is known as Preview Night, an extra bonus day that is usually the uncontested domain of hardcore collectors seeking out exclusives and first looks at the wares debuting on the floor. With Star Wars, it’s no different. Check out this Flickr set throughout the night to see some of the excitement of Comic-Con Eve.

Here are some highlights:

Sideshow’s bad-ass Yoda is spearing through an Order 66-following 501st clone trooper.

Hasbro is turning the YVH droid from The New Jedi Order into a build-a-figure.

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Fancy a Cuppa Star Wars?

Bonnie Burton | July 15, 2009

Any kid of the ’80s who ever needed a late night drink of water before bed usually grabbed a Dixie Cup from the handy wall dispenser in the bathroom. Lucky for us, these Dixie Cups often depicted characters from our favorite TV shows and movies, which of course included Star Wars.

Most of us have fond memories about our first encounter with the Star Wars Dixie Cups. I remember being at a friend’s slumber party and I literally smuggled out 10 Star Wars Dixie Cups from her bathroom that apparently belonged to her younger brother who kept wondering why I was so thirsty.

Reis O’Brien from Geek Orthodox blog recalls his favorite Star Wars Dixie Cup memory:

The unexpected huge hit of the day was the fact that they were serving plenty of “orange drink” from a giant cooler and handing them out in these awesome Star Wars Dixie Cups! Now, this was 1981, when we were still covered in the warming glow of The Empire Strikes Back and we pounced on those cups like they were made of gold!

We kept going up to the lady by the cooler and asking for more, which she kept giving us, each time in a new Star Wars Dixie Cup, then we’d chug the orange drink, wipe out the cup with a napkin and ad it to our rapidly growing stack, which we were hiding in our jacket pockets, worried that if our teachers knew we were trying to keep the cups, they would make us throw them away. We knew that they wouldn’t understand and would look at our treasures as “trash.”

They did notice us going bonkers over the cups, though, and I remember them shaking their heads and kind of laughing as if they didn’t get it. What’s not to get?! We’re all 9 years old, it’s 1981, and we’ve just been presented with free Star Wars collectibles! It’s simple math, people!

Read more about it here:
Star Wars Dixie Cups!

Michael Jackson’s Star Wars Collection

StarWars.com Team | July 13, 2009

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Pinsane.com just posted a great panoramic of Michael Jackson’s game room/collection gallery, which includes several Star Wars pieces. Can you find them all?

Check it out here (thanks to Stephane Faucourt and Mintinbox.net for the heads up!).

No Joke! Tauntaun Sleeping Bag For Reals?

StarWars.com Team | July 9, 2009

When Think Geek presented their Tauntaun Sleeping Bag as an April Fool’s Gag, little did they realize how many fans would gladly hand over their cash for the real thing. So the Think Geek gang went into hyperdrive to see if it could indeed become a reality, just in time for the holidays.

Think Geek’s PR guy, Shane Peterman, chatted with LA Weekly about their progress:

Will you ever sell the Tauntaun sleeping bag for real?

We are definitely trying to make it in to an actual item to be sold 
on our site. As of right now, it’s still an “if,” but it’s turning in
to more of a “when.” Things are looking pretty good, we just don’t want 
to get too far ahead of ourselves. There’s certainly been enough of a
demand, both from customers and from those of us that work here. Right now, we’re aiming to have it available 
for the holidays, or at the latest, the 30th anniversary of The Empire 
Strikes Back next spring.

Have you gotten the go-ahead from Lucas?

We’re still working with Lucas to get approval for a final design. Again, it’s looking good, we just can’t say too much right now since it’s still in the works.

The joke price was $39 bucks. Is that how much it will really cost?

The price will very likely go up a bit once we actually make the
 sleeping bag. Since we haven’t gotten to the production stage yet, it’s hard to say what the price will be, unfortunately. I think it’s safe to assume that the kids size will be at a lower cost than the adult size, that much I’m pretty sure of. The cost of material and the actual production of it will dictate what the retail cost will be.

Read the full interview here:
Don’t Joke About Tauntaun Sleeping Bags (via LA Weekly)

Star Wars Collector’s Lofty Ambitions

| June 12, 2009

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Flickr blogger eyeSPIVE recently posted a fantastic image series of his Star Wars collection, which is effectively displayed in a loft. We like this series because it shows what clever collectors can do with limited space (even the ceiling is covered!) and that several of the pieces appear to be from the UK (where we suspect this blogger lives).

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Mouse Droid Taxidermy?

Bonnie Burton | June 8, 2009

I’m a big fan of unusual Star Wars crafts, but there something not quite right about this R2-D2 taxidermy we spotted on eBay. The mouse with a droid body is kinda cute, but the other way around, not so much.

But for you ultimate collectors (we’re looking at you, Steve Sansweet), this may be too rare a find to pass up.

Here’s what the fan had to say about this unusual mouse droid:

I am selling my homemade R2-D2 mouse mash-up taxidermy set. You probably need one, if you don’t have one already. Good icebreaker conservation piece between Star Wars aficionados and taxidermy buffs.

Note — it is not a professional taxidermy job — they do show some sewing seams and glue seams. Though they have held together quite well over the past year. No mice were harmed, as this guy was already-dead snake food purchased from Petco.

Get more info here:
R2-D2 Taxidermy Set (via eBay)

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VC Jawa Figure Makes Comic Appearance

Pete Vilmur | June 8, 2009

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Comics.com updated yesterday with a few panels from their “Get Fuzzy” strip that should make every vintage Star Wars collector cringe a little — especially those familiar with the ever-elusive vinyl cape Jawa action figure from 1978. Check out the full comic here (thanks to Bill Cable for the heads-up!).

Found on eBay: $1,000 Star Wars Lunchbox

Pete Vilmur | June 4, 2009

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Well, not just any Star Wars lunchbox, mind you, but the super rare prototype R2-D2 lunchbox made by Thermos back in the late ’70s. This rare collectible, which just sold for $1,036 on eBay, is just one of a few examples known to exist and was briefly featured in our Star Wars for Lunch Turns 30″ story from a couple years ago. We wrote:

Emerging from the merchandising maelstrom of 1978 was an elusive prototype R2-D2 vinyl lunch kit produced by KST, and the few salesman samples that survive have become holy grail collectibles for more than a few Star Wars and lunchbox aficionados. Sporting a zipper closure, strap handle, and plastic dome top with soft vinyl body in the form of R2-D2, the reason for its stalled production is vague, but was probably due to the fragile vinyl hinge created when the kit’s dome was folded back. It was an ambitious design for KST, and speaks to the staying power of the Star Wars brand even a year after its release.

You can check out the original auction here and also get a brief history of Star Wars lunchboxes in our story here.

LEGO Legion

StarWars.com Team | May 4, 2009

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Gizmodo.com updates today with a fantastic gallery showcasing every LEGO Star Wars mini figure made since the line started 10 years ago. Can you believe there’s nearly 70 already?

Head on over for a hefty hunk-o-LEGO goodness!

Sansweet Shares Favorites with Forbes

Pete Vilmur | May 3, 2009

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Uber collector Steve Sansweet recently picked a dozen of his favorite Star Wars collectibles to share with Forbes.com — quite a task given that Sansweet estimates his collection, which is stored within his 5,000 square foot “Rancho Obi-Wan”, holds more than 100,000 pieces!

Be sure to check out the 12 pieces he’s picked (including the Bantha piñata above) by clicking through to page 2 of the story. Do you have a favorite not mentioned? Tell us about it in the comments below!