Archive for ‘Collecting’

Jon Stewart and His C-3PO Bobblehead

Bonnie Burton | December 2, 2008

Last night on The Daily Show, show host Jon Stewart did his share to talk about Black Friday by rubbing it in our faces that he beat out holiday shoppers to a C-3PO bobblehead.

He’s also a tad worried about the recession, now that he claims to have bought a lifesize Millennium Falcon made of LEGOs.

VIDEO: The Daily Show
(watch from 2:10 to 3:11)

Celebrating the Star Wars Holiday Special

Bonnie Burton | November 20, 2008

With the holiday season approaching that could only mean one thing — Life Day is coming! All week long pays tribute to the 30th Anniversary to the Star Wars Holiday Special! Whether you love it or loathe it, we’ve got articles on the actors, screenwriter, director, art, collectibles, and even the animatic reel from the Boba Fett cartoon that made fans giddy with anticipation about that mysterious bounty hunter.

So far here’s some of the great stuff we’ve already posted:

Stay tuned for even more!

Signed Clone Wars Toys for Charity

Bonnie Burton | November 12, 2008

Found on eBay, this entire set of Clone Wars toys signed by Lucasfilm Animation artists and staff. Signatures include: Supervising Director Dave Filoni; Series Directors Giancarlo Volpe, Brian Kalin O’Connell, and Steward Lee; Designers Darren Marshall, Killian Plunkett, and Russell Chong; and many, many others.

Proceeds to benefit the Heifer Foundation.

Check out the auction here:
Star Wars Clone Wars TV Act Figs- SIGNED – FOR CHARITY (

Dark Side of the Vader Toast Team | November 6, 2008

If there’s something every Sith Lord knows how to do it’s make a balanced breakfast. While the Jedi have to live off of Jawa juice and fried nerfsteak, the Dark Lord of the Sith prefers to have a reminder of his fiery Mustafar defeat at his breakfast table. Every morning he burns that moment into a slice of bread with the Darth Vader Toaster. This black, ominous kitchen appliance easily leaves the mark of Vader’s helmet in every yummy piece of toast. Force power not required to operate toaster.


  • White bread
  • Nutella

Going to the dark side never tasted better thanks to the hazelnut spread Nutella.
Toast your bread slice and slather on the Sithy darkness.


Did the shoes give me away?

Pete Vilmur | November 5, 2008


We thought we’d start highlighting some of the cooler Star Wars finds making their way to eBay these days, beginning with this obscure unlicensed toy from Amico in 1978.

This silver stormtrooper toy knock-off apparently came in black, too, sans the shiny red shoes. Maybe the designers were going for a Tin Man/Dorothy/Stormtrooper hybrid? In any case, we’re keeping an eye out for one of these babies…

ILM Halloween Invites Retrospective

Pete Vilmur | October 29, 2008

ilm_hall.jpg recently posted a short retrospective of some of the cooler ILM Halloween Party invitations released over the last 10 years, several of which give more than a slight nod to Star Wars. These are often prized by Star Wars collectors for their fun spin on the property and their insider appeal. This year’s “Leia Vamp” may top them all.

And just for kicks, here’s a mock-up design I threw out there a couple years ago that didn’t take — Grievous as Jack Skellington was just too good to pass up. Enjoy…


Clone Wars Invade Star Wars Miniatures Team | October 28, 2008

(Techno Union Warrior)

One of our favorite sci-fi blogs —– takes a closer look at the Clone Wars expansion for the Star Wars Miniatures game from Wizards of the Coast, which comes out in stores this Halloween. They preview more obscure characters like an Aqualish Warrior, Rocket Battle Droid, a Neimoidian Warrior, and my personal fave — a Techno Union Warrior (complete with a Kraftwerk joke dropped in the review).

Check out the full review here:
Star Wars Miniatures Game: Clone Wars Expansion (

Latest Toyfare Spotlights Clone Wars!

Pablo Hidalgo | October 2, 2008

Dubbed the All-New Cartoon Preview issue, the latest Toyfare (#135, cover date Nov. 2008) includes Star Wars: The Clone Wars as part of their round-up of all things awesome and animated. In good company, Yoda is, sharing page space with Marvel and DC’s upcoming animated fare, as well as The Simpsons, Family Guy and a host of new toon shows.

This issue also features an interview with supervising series director Dave Filoni as well as a spotlight on Clone Wars toys. It’s on newsstands now.


Struzan Talks Movie Posters Team | September 17, 2008

posters_011.jpg recently posted a story about Drew Struzan, poster artist-extraordinaire who has illustrated many of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones posters we’ve come to know over the last 30 years.

Struzan recently announced his retirement from movie poster illustration, and TIME has selected eleven of his more well-known pieces to discuss with the artist.

Head on over for some little-known facts about some of the famous movie posters you grew up with.

“Heroes” Producer Reviews Millennium Falcon Team | August 5, 2008

Get a full tour and review of the 2.5-foot Star Wars Legacy Collection Millennium Falcon from Hasbro, but none other than producer/writer Jesse Alexander. He’s worked on such geektastic shows as “Heroes,” “Alias” and “Lost” — and has the Emmy on his desk to prove it.

This is one of the best ways to check out Hasbro’s massively detailed Millennium Falcon. Jesse shows us what’s inside, what the buttons do when you push them, and gives us a preview of all the glorious sound files. He not only has this great video, but also writes out a few of his initial impressions about the Falcon here on Gizmodo:

This Falcon’s paint job is slick. And so detailed I’m guessing it must’ve been done by next-gen droids, or Jawa slave children with very small hands. All the tech in this Falcon is state of the art. She’s got sound effects up the gundark. Triggered via multiple buttons strategically placed around her sturdy Corellian hull. The orange light at the rear of the cockpit is cool. As is the sweet blue band of engine light that accompanies the jump to hyperspace. But my fave feature has to be the twin LED’s that illuminate when the boarding ramp slowly lowers at the touch of a button. Perfect for lighting up the squishy floor of any odd looking asteroid cave.

One can only hope this magnificent spice smuggler heralds an approaching renaissance from the boffins at Hasbro. The build quality, attention to detail, and sheer number of features on the Legacy Collection Falcon will raise the expectations of Star Wars Fans the republic over. Owning your own freighter ain’t cheap. You may need to sell your mint in-box landspeeder from ’77 to cover the cost. But she’s worth it. See you on the Kessel run! I think 11 parsecs is doable!

Watch the VIDEO review here:
Guest Review: Millennium Falcon Legacy Edition by ‘Heroes’ Producer Jesse Alexander (Gizmodo)