Posts Tagged ‘Toys’



Fully Operational Fandom: Custom Star Wars Action Figures

Amy Ratcliffe | February 28, 2014

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Have you ever felt frustrated when you walk down the toy aisle at any given store and don’t see a figure of your favorite Star Wars character? As awesome as it would be to have at least one of every character ever seen on screen or mentioned in the Expanded Universe, it’s impossible for Hasbro to do. The costs of manufacturing all those figures and the accompanying packaging would be high enough to make Darth Vader come in to uh, cut some corners. Who needs consultants? A little Force choking will do the trick.

You don’t have to lose hope when you can’t find what you’re looking for; even if you dress like a Stormtrooper, you probably don’t give up as easily. With a handful of materials and patience, you can transform existing action figures into whatever you want. Tired of seeing Mara Jade in the black catsuit? Obtain a Mara figure and change her wardrobe. Don’t like the only Corran Horn figure on the market? Create your own.

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In the Star Wars Galaxy, Innovation Leaps from Screen to Toy Aisle

Steve Sansweet | January 28, 2013

Just about everyone reading this knows how innovative Lucasfilm has been since its founding in 1971. And much of that innovation was spurred by George Lucas’ desire to do and show things onscreen — specifically in his Star Wars movies — that had never been done before. In fact, he’s long been one of the leaders in cinema’s digital revolution.

But that’s not what I had in mind here. I want to talk about the stuff, the merchandise. Has that same sense of innovation carried through to at least some of the hundreds of thousands of items that have been produced worldwide over more than three decades?

Of course, in the toy businesses innovation means something a lot different than devising ways to film spaceship battles or digital picture and sound editing systems. There are problems of size, pricing, and scale, for example. Trying to take the latest cutting-edge technology developed for military or industrial use and making it “toyetic,” could be hazardous to a company’s health. Adapting proven technology through clever adaptation and design, however, is another matter.

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Star Wars in the UK: Farthest From Toy Show

Mark Newbold | January 23, 2013

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“If there’s a bright center to the universe you’re on the planet that it’s farthest from.”

Any Star Wars fan worth his or her salt knows that Luke Skywalker was talking about his adopted home world of Tatooine, but last month, Farthest From — a retro Star Wars toy show — was right here on planet earth in the UK, in the middle of the New Forest and a small village called Fordingbridge.

For the past three years, event organizer Dave Tree (you may know him as the brains behind Celebration Europe’s massively popular 2007 Palitoy Archive exhibit, a display so incredible it reduced Dengar himself, Simon Pegg, to nostalgic tears of joy) has held events in the town. First he hosted two Fordingbridge Film and TV Festivals, the first of which saw original trilogy and Indiana Jones producer Robert Watts present the UK’s only showing that year of Raiders of the Lost Ark and then bringing Farthest From to the Town Hall in September and now December of 2012.

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SWCVI: A long ten years ago… Celebration Diorama Workshop was born

Frank D'iorio | August 6, 2012

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If you are a fan of custom dioramas, you may know me already, for those not yet familiar, let me introduce myself… my name is Frank D’iorio, I am a native Montrealer who by day works as a freelance motion picture digital compositor and on weekends, builds Star Wars action figure dioramas. Like most of you reading this, Star Wars greatly influenced my life both personally and professionally.

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SDCC 2012: What’s Next From Hasbro?

StarWars.com Team | July 13, 2012

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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…

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ToyFare: 100 Best Toys of the Decade

StarWars.com Team | August 13, 2007

The latest issue of Toyfare, on newsstands now, is their 10th anniversary commemorative issue which counts down the 100 best toys of the last decade. Without giving away their specific placement on the list, we can report that eight Star Wars toys made the cut. Add to that the two Indy-inspired toys and the one Labyrinth toy in the list, and Lucasfilm has been the source of 11 percent of the coolest toys in the past ten years.

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Star Wars Toy Lands #2 on 7-Best List

StarWars.com Team | August 8, 2007

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Times Online in the UK recently posted a story showcasing their picks for the seven best and seven worst movie tie-in toys to be released in recent months – Fortunately, Star Wars landed on the “Best” list at #2 with the Star Wars Russian Dolls.

The description isn’t exactly flattering, but we’ll assume that since it’s rated so high on the list, they’re just poking a little fun at Anakin’s expense:

Young annoying Anakin fits inside whiney teenage Anakin who fits inside wheezy grown-up Anakin, aka armour-clad terror of the galaxies Darth Vader. Like all of the most successful movie spin-offs, it works as a toy first and a souvenir second.

What was #1? Stretch Homer – can’t deny he’s got a bit of a home-field advantage, though, with his movie currently in theaters. StarWarsShop’s currently got the entire collection of Russian dolls, actually – click here to check them out.