Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Celebration Orlando 2017 Fan Swag Round Up: Part 1

Amy writes:

There has been an awakening in the swag. Have you felt it?

The chatter is well underway both in forums and on social media sites. Collectors are already starting to design and manufacture their own small runs of handmade goodies to give away. Many have already finished and are now just counting down the days until Star Wars Celebration Orlando. Before we delve too deep into what is to come, take a peek at what we've seen in the past from collectors. The creativity and love for Star Wars really comes out in these items. Fan swag has become one of the best parts of the collecting community and is a personal highlight of every Star Wars Celebration.

Let me kick off what is to be a multi part topic with some swag I had a hand in. This year I wanted to be sure to offer everyone's neck some relief. I've partnered with Jarrod Clark (designer), Tom Stewart and Jim Gibbons (co-sponsors) to make 150 Ewok Battle Swagon bags. Look for us at the convention and we'll have a bag for you (while supplies last). Now on to the swag!


Jim Welch

Robert Marsh SWFUK pins

Brett Isaacs pin and pin cardback

Jason Smith

Amy Sjoberg (for Collecting Track Volunteers and Sponsors)

Brett Isaacs for Celebration first timers

Daryl Whitlow, Chris Hamilton, Sarah Hamilton, Arnie Carvalho, Marjorie Phares Carvalho, Phil Cogan, Shawn Moynihan, Scott West, Mark Fenrick & Jay Fazio - button set

Steph W. from SARLACC BB8 Orange pins

Alex Vargas pin set

Alexandra Muse

Gia Comina

William Russ

Stephen Herrera

Dave Brott

Josh Johnson

Matthew Mulinaro

Shawn Moynihan

Bob Martinazzi

Bobby Simons

Brian Stillman Plastic Galaxy

Brian Ulrich

Broc Walker

Chris Logli

Brendon Daily

Daniel Freddie Segovia

Kara Sommer


Remy Loste 3D printed Taun Taun skulls, BB-8s, and astromechs

Megan Zettel Cortez lanyard tags and pins

Robert Marsh SWFUK bottle openers 

Richard Hutchinson Kenner lightsaber keychains (4 colors avail.)

Fernando De Narvaez personalized swag

Jason Smith

Sean Fuller Stickers available at the All Things R2 fan table

Ariel Martinez key chains (3 different variations)

Brian Ulrich tag to be handed out at the Archive Party

Jedi Temple Archives Trading Card Set Series 1

Jedi Temple Archives Trading Card Set Series 2

Alvaro Herrera Pillchi and friends from Santiago Chile Patch

Claudio Menis Cohen Patch

Darryl Whitlow Luggage Tags

Kara Sommer Lanyard Tags

Feeling inspired but not sure where to begin? This year there are more opportunities to take part in pre-Celebration Swag discussions than ever before:

Expect Part 2 of this Swag Round Up to be posted soon!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

'Chive Cast 80 - Crunchee Gamorrean Guard

Celebrate our 7th Anniversary this month as we address the most underrated alien in the Star Wars Saga, the Gamorrean Guard with his unproduced Micro Collection sculpts (and rare paperwork), his funky clothing and toiletries, his bench shots and his crunchy demise in the mouth of the Rancor. Justin Seeley, Trent Bailey, and Mike Havens from the Collectors Galaxy Podcast have a cross over episode to discuss their show and collecting habits. All this plus absolutely nothing else on the 80th 'Chive Cast.


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3:20 – Flip the Script / Crunchee Movie Thought
11:10 – Skye-Ku
12:00 – Old News from the Stars (Vintagesploitation, Fake Baggies)
16:11 – Collectors Galaxy Podcast Crossover (Interview with Justin, Mike and Trent)
44:35 – So-Be-It Lightning Round Questions
1:02:35 – Gamorrean Ledy Differences
1:08:52 – Nugget From the Archive (Unproduced Micro Sculpt)
1:14:22 – Discussion of Rarely Seen Paperwork that outlines creation timeline for toys
1:20:33 – Unloved (Vintage Gamorrean Guard Clothes and Toiletries)
1:32:15 – Vintage Vocab (Bench Shot)
1:37:15 – One Dollar Vlix MarketWatch (Pigs, Three Different Ones)
1:47:06 – Feedback (Kaink, EP Cribs)

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Friday, January 13, 2017

'Chive Cast Blog Log Pod Episode 1 - Unknown and Unseen Ewoks (A Kick in the Kaink)

In the first ever "Blog Log Pod," Skye and Steve interview Chris Georgoulias and Ron Salvatore about the NEVER EVER SEEN BEFORE sculpts for four different Ewoks. We discuss the blog post (linked below) and go deeper.


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Sunday, January 8, 2017

'Chive Cast 79 - Boushh, Bor Gullet and Bros

Leia Boushh is the figure of the month and we talk about her language and representation in toy form. Skye and Steve put forth the vintage winners and loser from Rogue One. The Lehmkuhl brothers Sean and Ryan join us to talk about their experiences collecting as a team and finding prototypes in the wild! All this plus info on the 3rd Archive Party on the 79th 'Chive Cast.


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1:30 Carrie Fisher as a Mother Figure
10:00 Standard Intro
18:50 Flip the Script
22:30 News & Skye-Kus
33:30 Archive Party 3 Details
42:30 Rogue One Vintage Winners and Losers
1:13:00 Lehmkuhl Interview
2:36:10 Nugget from The Archive (Meccano Catalog)
2:41:30 Unloved (Sigma Leia)
2:45:30 Market Watch (Luke Jedi, Ackbar & Boushh)
2:56:10 Skye Flips out on Yehuda (and announces new Podcast)

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Seeking Star Wars in MARK HAMILL'S POP CULTURE QUEST: An Interview with David Mandel

Steve writes:

Mark Hamill's Pop Culture Quest makes its journey to a galaxy far, far away with its most recent episode entitled "Collectable Legends" with comedy writer, producer, and longtime collector David Mandel (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and currently HBO's Veep) making an appearance to showcase some key Star Wars pieces from his personal collection (along with some dweeb who collects B-Wing Pilot junk). David was kind enough to join me for a brief interview about his his collecting perspective and experience with the show.

Steve Danley: As a collector with a wide range of interests (from comic art spanning many eras to toys and original film props), do you attempt to establish a "focus" within each area? How do you go about choosing pieces to pursue?

David Mandel: There are certain themes that run thoughout my collections. For example, with Star Wars I have props, and toys and original Star Wars comic art. The same is true of the big heroes like Batman, Superman and Spiderman. They are represented in all my areas. These days when it comes to choosing a piece—especially with prices so high—it really has to hit me hard. I think to myself, “If I don’t get it, will I be sad or angry or miss it?” and if the answer is “yes” then I at least start to think about pursuing.

SD: Where did you start as a Star Wars collector, and how did your approach to collecting within that franchise progress?

DM: I was born in 1970 and was 7 years old when the first Star Wars film came out, so I started with the toys. As a kid, I was collecting to “have them all.” I was not thinking about leaving them in packages and preserving, but those memories of searching for the figure I didn’t have stayed strong with me, and as an adult working at Seinfeld with money in my pocket, one of the first things I did was to start buying really nice versions of the figures in their package.

Mandel shows his rocket-firing Boba Fett prototypes to Pop Culture Quest host Mark Hamill.

SD: What led you to your appearance on Pop Culture Quest?

DM: I have known Mark casually for a while now and was lucky enough to meet [executive producer] Howard Kazanjian through our mutual friend (and my co-author on the Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie book) Brandon Alinger. So it sort of came together.

SD: With Hamill being a longtime collector himself, had your paths ever crossed in search of any items in the past? Do you share any particular collecting interests?

DM: I knew Mark was a big collector and I think we share a love of comic books in general. We have never gone toe to toe on anything. Mark is also a big comedy nerd—which I love—and he has an amazing collection of shows and sketches that he taped over the years.

SD: The show's main set looks to be one of the funnest to step onto from the standpoint of a pop culture enthusiast and collector. What was it like to interact with Mark in that environment and bring the Star Wars show and tell to the "den"?

DM: It was a fun set, and they did a great job putting it together, but its all really about Mark. If you don’t know him or have never seen him speak, he is so damn funny and an amazing raconteur. So I knew going in it was going to be fun.

SD: How long did the shooting session(s) take? Was it difficult not to get distracted being surrounded by all of that fantastic stuff and in the company of such an entertaining conversationalist?

DM: I got there a little early, while they were shooting some other stuff. I think Mark and I shot for an hour and change or so. We could have kept going and done it all day.

Mandel and Hamill compare the original cover artwork for Marvel's Star Wars #1 with the finished product.

SD: In terms of the pieces that you showcase in the episode, the Kenner rocket-firing Boba Fett action figure prototypes and Howard Chaykin/Tom Palmer cover art for Star Wars #1 are certainly among the most iconic in the vintage Star Wars canon and would be considered "grails" among many collectors. How would you define a collecting grail, and do both of these pieces fit that description for you personally?

DM: I think "Grail" gets thrown around a little too much these days. I prefer to think of things as personal grails as opposed to Grails in general, because of that. The rocket-firing Boba is a collecting grail, although among high end Star Wars toy collectors it is more common than you might think. The Star Wars #1 cover was a real personal grail to me—I have distinct memories of reading the Star Wars #1 on the beach with my dad when I was a kid. Also, since it is the hand-drawn original, it is the only one of its kind. Nobody else has that.

SD: Building relationships and sharing stories with fellow collectors is one of the most rewarding aspects of collecting. With a host as engaged, knowledgeable, and curious as Mark, were there any memorable or unexpected tangents that came up in conversation speaking collector to collector?

DM: I don't know what made the final cut of the show, but when we are talking Mark mentioned that he had the Luke Skywalker boots from A New Hope. I tried to trade with him!

SD: What was your favorite moment from the entire Pop Culture Quest experience?

DM: My favorite moment was actually off screen. I brought my family with me—my kids are 9 and 7—and they were just stunned to meet Mark, and he was just amazing with them!!

You can watch all released episodes of Pop Culture Quest streaming on Comic-Con HQ. For more on David's collecting background, be sure to check out this piece from the New York Times from October 2016.