Tuesday, April 28, 2015

'Chive Cast 61 - "SWCA" Live: Han and Obi-Wan's Revenge

Recorded live at Celebration Anaheim, it’s the 61st 'Chive Cast! In this episode we catch up with a couple of "1st 12" focus collectors we missed the first time around as Ross Barr talks Han Solo and David Carr talks Obi-Wan. Plus, we have a live-from-the-show-floor MarketWatch with "Fratastic" Pete himself. We also hear briefly from Trevor "Tweeter Dooder" Hoppers and past guest Jason West, who both provide revised answers to the existential lightning round question.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Watch Live Video of Celebration from the Collecting Track!

Tommy writes:

The Collecting Track would like to announce that for the first time ever, we will be posting LIVE video from Celebration! Fans who download the Hang W/ App can watch live streaming video from a variety of different Collecting Track "reporters," telling you about all aspects of the convention experience!

Sad that you won't be making it to Celebration? Well, this is the next best thing! Always wanted a quick tour of some other area of the convention you don't know much about? Why not let an expert guide you through it. Live!

Follow us on Hang W/, username: StarWarsCelebration

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Celebration Fan Swag Roundup: Part 3 - 'Swag Wars'

Amy writes:

In what has already been dubbed 'Swag Wars' by collector Joseph Yglesias, here is the 3rd and final part to the Celebration Fan Swag Roundup. As mentioned previously, these items are made by the fans for the fans just to give away or trade.

If you are looking to adorn your lanyard, check out the collector club booths in the exhibit hall, the Collecting Track panels and Social Area, the Archive Party (sold out), and the Collector Social Saturday night at 7 pm in the Collectors' Lounge at Celebration.

If in doubt, look for fans sporting multiple lanyards full of pins. This is a great opportunity to make new collector friends, meet new people and get to know folks by what they collect.

If you want to get involved, there may still be time to make something -- stickers or even lanyard tags.

Look kid... I shot, Greedo died - Chris Moorehead
Look kid... vintage shot first (chase version) - Chris Moorehead
Sabine - Chris Moorehead
The droid can't abide - Chris Moorehead

Dengar: toilet paper head - Shawna Bova designed by Jarrod Clark

Vader collection pin - Bill McBride designed by Josh Blake

Death Star (20) - Ben George Coomber

California Vintage Collector Club - CAVSWCC booth 1065

Save beaters / No U-Grade - Ross Barr

Star Wars Patch Collection Facebook page - Ken Tarleton

Hammerhead use the force at Celebration Anaheim - Scott West

 Kenner Gooney Bird pvc lapel pin - Joe Ilagan and Dan Flarida

Star Wars pins (4 kinds) - Criz Bee from Jedibusiness.com 

Galaxy of Toys podcast - Jason Luttrull designed by Tom Berges

Hand 'Kraft'ed Star Wars Mac n' Cheese - Tom Stewart

Bend'em figure buttons - Ryan 'Bend'em Beise

Bend'em logo - Ryan 'Bend'em Beise

Star Geek (5 kinds) - Star Geek (on Youtube)

BB-8 (set) - Nerdmatters (@nerdmatters on Twitter)

Ackbar rap - Nerdmatters (@nerdmatters on Twitter)

Ewok Trap button set - JediShua (@JediShua on Twitter)

Deathstar swing button set - JediShua (@JediShua on Twitter)

Stormtrooper - MintInBox.net

I'm a Star Wars Action Figure Collector (Rebels) - Jake Stevens (4lomkuss.com)

Additional pins not pictured:

Square Boba Fett coin offer label - Justin Vidal
theOuterRealmSW.com bootleg R2 - Joseph Yglesias
Vader Empire Day (2 kinds)- John Alvarez
SWCA got swag? - DarthBaldylox
Wampa Anaheim pin (2 kinds) - Andrew Davies and Darren McAleese
Kenner Micro Machine carded pins (set of 4 / 75 each / 1 kind for each day) - Rob Amantea
Kenner Micro Machine Hoth Leia - D. Martin Myatt
Princess Leia animated art - Charmaine Cuddie
Emperor propaganda - Ross Cuddie
Ewok Lapel pins (5 kinds) - Mike Kurtz
Collecting Ewoks since '83 - Heiko Lutten
Inkfusion tattoo festival (2 kinds / 25 each day) - George Joseph in the tattoo pavilion
Jawa - Graham Hughes
Biker krautz - Electricagon, Sithlord1976, Schneider, Gerhard, Michifromhell_de (on Rebelcsum)
Hollywood probe droid - Electricagon, Sithlord1976, Schneider, Gerhard, Michifromhell_de (on Rebelcsum)
Krieg der sterne CVII - Electricagon, Sithlord1976, Schneider, Gerhard, Michifromhell_de (on Rebelcsum)
Star Wars Die Kraft Der Macht CVII - Electricagon, Sithlord1976, Schneider, Gerhard, Michifromhell_de (on Rebelcsum)
Holiday special excited for Celebration - Leslie Winslow
You never forget Leia figure - Bruce White
The British invasion - Grant_C, Jez and Pete
We love GW acrylic - Grant_C, Jez and Pete
What's in the box? - Grant_C, Jez and Pete
Tauntaun sanctuary - Grant_C, Jez and Pete
SW fan girl - Donella Abell
I'm a Kenner Star Wars collector IGUSW.com - Tom Berges
I'm a Kenner Star Wars collector 4-lomtoZuckuss.com - Jake Stevens designed by Tom Berges
AT-R2 - Sean Fuller
Making Star Wars (3 kinds) - MakingStarWars.net
20 years of Hasbro SWAN - Star Wars Action News (follow @swactionnews for distribution info)
SWAN - special button just for kids (follow @swactionnews for distribution info)
It's Celebration Anaheim! Colt 45 Billy Dee - James Simkins co-designed by Bobby Sharp
GW Acrylic USA - GW Acrylic USA
Handmade See-Threepio label (20) - Matt Mulinaro
Star Wars vintage Nestle candy wrappers (2 kinds) - John McElwain
Yoda (5 kinds) and Ewoks (5 kinds) - Mike Kurtz
R2D2Central.com -  Dustin Roberts
Vader case outlines - Bobby Sharp
Vader's secret service - tml1138 (on Rebelscum)
Show me your tots (4 kinds) - tml1138 (on Rebelscum)
Carbonite Han 'I know' - 1hansolo2 (on Rebelscum)
Darth Mickey - Heavyweight (on Rebelscum)
Disneyland Imperial vacation - Heavyweight (on Rebelscum)
Crossed sabers over Deathstar - Aaron Longbine
Rebelsreport.com (4 kinds) - rebelsreport.com
AT-AT driver special offer (100) - Eric Franks
Lumpy 'taking my lumps since '78' - Abel Pinedo
Rancor keeper rules - Jon Peck

** Correction from part 2, the crochet Yoda and Jabba pins are by Aimee Botkins.

La French Touch cards - Stephane Faucourt

Kenner poster for all Archive Party attendees - Josh Blake and Dan Flarida

Bounty Hunter patch set - Various collector clubs listed below:
California Vintage Star Wars Collectors' Club (IG-88) - Booth 1065
Indiana Star Wars Collecting Community (Boba Fett) - Booth 1067
Ohio Star Wars Collectors Club (4-LOM) - Booth 1076
Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society (Bossk) - Booth 1077
Star Wars Grand Florida Alliance (Dengar) - Official Pix Autograph Drop-Off Table
Washington DC Area Star Wars Collecting Club (Zuckuss) - Booth 976

Darth Vader carry case patch set of 15 - Ohio Star Wars Collectors Club

Death Star pencil sharpener medallion (100) - Graham Hughes and Darren Simpson

Han Solo's flying circus postcards (100) - Ben George Coomber

Star Wars Rocks! Guitar picks (3 kinds) - tk_97531 (on Rebelscum)

Kenner vintage figure poster - Jedi Temple Archives booth 1074

Logray patch - Mike Kurtz

Chief Chirpa Patch - Mike Kurtz

Free membership Star Wars Singapore fan club patch - Derek Ho and Gregory (darkside apprentice)

California vintage collector club sticker and patch - CAVSWCC booth 1065

Galaxy of Toys podcast holiday special postcard - Jason Luttrull designed by Tom Berges

SARLACC cardback - members of SARLACC designed by Mike Demaine

Line Force fan club patch set (7 pc) - Line Force fan club

Other items not pictured:

Jabba the Hutt luggage tag - Daryl Whitlow
Vintage style cards (40 cards / different pack each day) - DC Star Wars Collecting Club booth 976
Wicket Teebo and Kneesaa patches - Mike Kurz
Collecting Ewoks since '83 patch - Heiko Lutten
Dewback patch - follow @PyeTheCat for details
World patch trading tour Sebulba patch and pin set (20) - Miguel Fenesca
Star Wars Action News (SWAN) 10th anniversary patch - follow on twitter @swactionnews for distribution information
ChewiesCargo.net relics (77) - Brad Portnoy
R2 Lanyards - Elling Hauge
Gus Lopez has a posse stickers - Dustin Roberts
R2D2central.com stickers - Dustin Roberts
Aluminum badges (8 kinds) - Starfriend (on Rebelscum)
Lego cardbacks (18) - Starfriend (on Rebelscum)
Star Wars Rebels weapon spec plaques (13) - Starfriend (on Rebelscum)
December 18th and Jabba stickers (2 kinds) - Nerdmatters (@nerdmatters on Twitter)
Gonk bottle opener - Billy Galaxy (booth 529)

For those keeping track, here are the Rebelscum Swag Thread and previous 2 parts to this blog roundup:
Celebration Fan Swag Roundup: Part 1
Celebration Fan Swag Roundup: Part 2

My swag is packed and I'm off to hit the road for Star Wars Celebration. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

'Chive Cast 60 - Celebration Pre-Show Special

It's our official show all about Los Angeles Celebration of Anaheim aka Celebration VII, aka Celebration Anaheim. Skye and Steve break down all of the Archive Party details and the events that will define the best Celebration ever. Plus, at 01:22 you can hear an interview with Mattias Rendahl as he talks about his new book on Star Wars 2D Pre-Production materials, A New Proof. Get ready for the show, get ready to go...to Celebration, yub nuts!

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Celebration Anaheim Collecting Track Schedule and Events

Tommy writes:

Every attendee to our collecting panels in room 210AB at Celebration Anaheim will receive a special commemorative “Star Tot”!  Based on the unproduced toy line from 1979, each flat die-cast enameled collectible measures almost 2” high, and features a charming rendition of your favorite characters from The Empire Strikes Back.  Be sure to collect all 20!

Thu. Apr. 16
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM   Star Wars Collectors' Social Room   210D 

Thu. Apr. 16
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM    The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience with Steve Sansweet 
See treasures from the largest private Star Wars collection in the world and meet Steve Sansweet!  Celebration Experience Exhibit Hall A

Thu. Apr. 16
12:00 - 1:00 PM    Wearable Fandom: Collecting Vintage Star Wars Clothing 
Collectors Stage – 210AB

Thu. Apr. 16
1:30 - 2:30 PM    Collecting Celebration: 16 Years of Collectibles, Exclusives, and Swag from a Celebration Far, Far Away 
Collectors Stage – 210AB    

Thu. Apr. 16
3:00 - 4:00 PM    Fifteen Years of Collecting LEGO Star Wars 
Collectors Stage – 210AB

Thu. Apr. 16
4:30 - 5:30 PM   Star Wars Comic Art 
Collectors Stage – 210AB

Thu. Apr. 16
6:00 - 7:00 PM    Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys is a documentary about — you guessed it — Star Wars toys!
Collectors Stage – 210AB  

Fri. Apr. 17
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM   Star Wars Collectors' Social Room   210D

Fri. Apr. 17
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM    The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience with Steve Sansweet 
See treasures from the largest private Star Wars collection in the world and meet Steve Sansweet!  Celebration Experience Exhibit Hall A

Fri. Apr. 17
12:00 - 1:00 PM   Star Wars Action Figure Customization 
Collectors Stage – 210AB   

Fri. Apr. 17
1:30 - 2:30 PM    Worldwide Star Wars Oddities 
Collectors Stage – 210AB

Fri. Apr. 17
3:00 - 4:00 PM    Vintage Star Wars Coins 
Collectors Stage – 210AB  

Fri. Apr. 17
4:30 - 5:30 PM    Collecting 501st, Rebel Legion, and Other Club Collectibles 
Collectors Stage – 210AB 

Fri. Apr. 17
6:00 - 7:00 PM    Ewok Collectibles Beyond Return of the Jedi 
Collectors Stage – 210AB

Sat. Apr. 18
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM   Star Wars Collectors' Social Room   210D

Sat. Apr. 18
10:30 - 11:30 AM    The Star Wars Toy Innovators, Presented by Lucasfilm
Collectors Stage – 210AB

Sat. Apr. 18
12:00 - 1:00 PM    Great Stories of Star Wars Collecting 
Collectors Stage – 210AB   

Sat. Apr. 18
1:30 - 2:30 AM   Star Wars Proof Cards and Cromalins 
Collectors Stage – 210AB

Sat. Apr. 18
3:00 - 4:00 PM   Star Wars Original Props and Costumes 
Collectors Stage – 210AB  

Sat. Apr. 18
4:30 - 5:30 PM   Star Wars Pickers
Collectors Stage – 210AB   

Sat. Apr. 18
6:00 - 7:00 PM    Elite Character Focus Collecting

Collectors Stage – 210AB  

Sat. Apr. 18
7:00 - 9:00 PM   Star Wars Collectors Swap Meet & Social  
Collectors Social Room – 210D

Sun. Apr. 19
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM    The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience with Steve Sansweet 
See treasures from the largest private Star Wars collection in the world and meet Steve Sansweet!  Celebration Experience Exhibit Hall A

Sun. Apr. 19
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM   Star Wars Collectors' Social Room   210D

Sun. Apr. 19
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM    Judge Me By My Size, Do You? The Many Scales of Kenner/Hasbro Figures, 1978-Present.  Collectors Stage – 210AB

Sun. Apr. 19
12:30 - 1:15 PM    Dawn of Star Wars Collecting: The Earliest Memorabilia 
Collectors Stage – 210AB   

Sun. Apr. 19
1:45 - 2:30 PM   Star Wars Trading Cards
Collectors Stage – 210AB

Sun. Apr. 19
3:00 - 3:45 PM    Vintage Star Wars Watches & Clocks 
Collectors Stage – 210AB  

Sun. Apr. 19
4:15 - 5:00 PM   Star Wars Collecting Award Presentations
Join us for the Star Wars Celebration Collecting Track Awards. Duncan Jenkins will present various awards in several categories for collectors of all ages based on submissions in several categories.  Collectors Stage – 210AB


Star Wars Collecting Trivia Contest!
Friday 4:15-5:15pm
Think you know your stuff? Join us and find out in this action packed trivia contest and win coll Star Wars prizes!

French Collectibles - Stephane Faucourt
Thursday 11:30am
Based on his La French Touch book, Stephane Faucourt reviews the French merchandising and various products categories marketed in France between 1977-1986. This panel will feature product photography from a selection of major items and advertising / marketing material, a review of the popular Meccano and Trilogo action figure toy lines, as well as a brief coverage on the movies reception in France as discussed in Press / magazines at that time.

Mexican Collectibles "Unraveling mysteries of Lili Ledy" – Luis and Josefina Galvez
Thursday 2:45-3:45
Nowadays there are still many questions about the line of Star Wars toys produced in Mexico, in this panel Luis and Josefina Galvez review the Lili Ledy collectibles produced in the 80's, further topics such as variations, rarity of figures, interviews with former employees of Lili Ledy and finally an expected visual tour of the production process at the Lili Ledy factory, which ensures that even expert collectors learn something new.

White Bantha Gift Exchange
Thursday 4:15-5:15pm
The Star Wars version of the White Elephant Gift Exchange. Now is your chance to trade that questionable Star Wars item for someone else’s underappreciated Star Wars item. Space is limited. Email marjorie@swactionnews.com to RSVP.

SCANDAL! A History of Frauds, Fakes and Scams in the Collecting Hobby - Jason Smith
Friday 12pm
The Star Wars collecting hobby has a dark side - a side where predators lurk. Through the years these villains have preyed upon the community, enticing unsuspecting innocents with fraudulent collectibles. Join us as we candidly discuss some of the most egregious offenders, and arm yourself with the knowledge you can use to avoid becoming another victim.

Tonigate -One Year Later- Jason Smith
Friday 12pm
Come and find out the who, what, where, when & how on the largest fraud in vintage Star Wars action figure collecting history.

Cardback Collecting- Jason Smith
Friday 1:30pm
Everything you always wanted to know about 30 year old bits of cardboard, but were afraid to ask. A guide to collecting cardbacks from beginners to experts alike.

Collecting Track Swap Meet
Saturday Apr. 18 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Collectors will have a chance to sell/trade their collectibles, or just mingle with other collectors. Selling is limited to just a handful of items per person though (what you can carry), so collectors should plan accordingly.

MarketWatch - The Economics of Star Wars Collecting - Peter Fitzke
Sunday 1:30pm
Ever wonder why vintage Star Wars toys are so valuable today? What lead to this phenomenon, what is the future of Star Wars collecting, and will they continue to appreciate in value? "Fratastic" Pete Fitzke of the Star Wars Collectors Archive MarketWatch Blog demystifies these questions and more as he takes you through the science and real life examples of how these soared to such lofty prices in the marketplace. Taking a page from his monthly blog, along with a very loose response to the C6 panel "The End of Star Wars Collecting," Pete talks about the current trajectory of toys, the different eras of toys and where he sees the hobby going in the next 5-10 years and beyond.

Also be sure to check out our Collecting Track patch giveaway and Vader Case Project exhibit and charity auction.

And much more!