Salacious Crumb Jumbo is Gentle Giant’s 2015 Holiday Exclusive

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Published on: July 31, 2015

GG 2015 Jumbo Salacious Crumb

Gentle Giant has been releasing holiday items for several years and while they’ve mainly been mini busts, this year they’re doing a Jumbo of Salacious Crumb.  He’ll come with a Return of the Jedi card insert and includes a gift bag with C-3PO head and mini gift boxes.  Crumb also have a holiday scarf and hat.

This release is a Premier Guild exclusive and must be ordered by August 14, 2015 to guarantee that you’ll receive him.  He’s priced at $80 and will ship later in the year.

Hot Toys ANH Princess Leia Pre-Order Available

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Published on: July 31, 2015

Hot Toys ANH Princess Leia

Sideshow has posted the pre-orders for the new 1:6 scale Princess Leia by Hot Toys.  The figure represents Leia from A New Hope in her white gown and classic bun hairdo.  There are two versions being offered, and exclusive edition which includes a backdrop to display the figure with, and a regular edition.  Both editions are $204.99 and are slated for a November release.

Both versions come with a selection of interchangeable hands, blaster pistol and rifle, and a stand.

More School Supplies at Target

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Published on: July 22, 2015

As a followup to yesterday’s post about school supplies at Target, we stopped last night and found a couple new items on the shelf. The R2-D2 water bottle was in stock (and on sale) along with a Rebels themed lunch bag and an R2-D2 backpack that features lights and sounds like the lunch pail.

The R2-D2 water bottle is really nice but Thermos missed an opportunity to do a silver top and black button which would have really made it stand out. Still, it was cool enough that we picked it up.

Hot Toys Posts Photos of Upcoming ANH Princess Leia

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Published on: July 22, 2015

Hot Toys posted as series of photos previewing their new Star Wars: A New Hope Princess Leia 1:6 scale figure.  Leia has her iconic bun hair and white dress and comes with an assortment of hands, both her blaster pistol and a Stormtrooper rifle and display stand.  There will also be a backdrop display available in certain markets.

We’ve mirrored the photos above but make sure to check out the Hot Toys Facebook page for more details.

Star Wars Themed Back to School Items at Target

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Published on: July 21, 2015

Target has already set their Back to School seasonal shop and popular themes this year include Star Wars, Marvel, My Little Pony, Frozen, Minions, and DC superheroes.

We found several Star Wars themed items both in the seasonal shop and on an end cap display near the office supply section.  Many of the graphics were shared among the various items and feature Yoda, R2-D2, Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper.  Items included spiral bound notebooks, composition notebooks, folders, pencil tin and zipper case, pencils, and erasers.  Notebooks were $2.50 each while the folders and pencils were $1.00 each.  The pencil tins were $2.99 while the zipper cases were $5.99 and the erasers were $3.00.

Thermos has several food related items including a Darth Vader thermos, C-3PO jar and R2-D2 water bottle (not pictured).  The R2-D2 lunch kit, with lights and sounds, is back again this year after being very popular (and selling quickly) last year.  The Thermos items range from about $14.99 to $16.99.

We also spotted three change holders of Darth Vader, R2-D2 and a Stormtrooper.  They’re all plush and stuffed with a clip on top, a zipper on the back and a small pocket to store items.  They were $5.99.

There were a couple of empty spots still, especially in the end cap, and we didn’t take photos of everything. If you’re in Target, it’s worth taking a look both in the office supply and seasonal sections to see what’s around.

Gentle Giant Pre-Orders for July

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Published on: July 21, 2015

Last Wednesday, Gentle Giant posted pre-orders for two new items including the Luke Skywalker Hero of Yavin mini bust and the Mandalorian Bookends.

Both releases are scheduled for a second quarter 2016 release. The mini bust is $95 while the bookends are $60. Edition sizes haven’t been announced yet.

Lego The New Yoda Chronicles Come to DVD

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Published on: July 16, 2015

Lego The New Yoda Chronicles DVD Cover

On September 15th, a new four episode DVD release of The New Yoda Chronicles will be released.  The set includes “Escape from the Jedi Temple,” “Race for the Holocrons,” “Raid on Coruscant,” and “Clash of the Skywalkers.

This set of episodes joins the previously released Star Wars Lego specials.  StarWars.com has additional photos from the series and additional information on the stories included in the set.

Remembering Brad Kulp

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Published on: July 16, 2015

Brad Kulp

Yesterday the Star Wars universe lost one of its biggest fans. Most won’t know him, he wasn’t a super collector, he didn’t write any books, run a podcast or write for a collecting website. Brad Kulp was just a fan who loved the movies. Loved collecting. Loved music, the Eagles and Flyers, and loved sharing his fandoms with everyone he met. He was the best of what being a collector and fan and friend stood for. He was one of the warmest, most caring people I’ve ever known.

Brad and BruceBrad was a lifelong Star Wars fan and one of the earliest Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society members.  His collection included everything he had from when he was a kid all the way to the present, displayed in his home (in the Man Cave) with figures hanging on the walls, a huge library on the shelves, and even his comic collection which hung on the ceiling. His favorite character was R2-D2 and new additions to the Artoo Army were always highlights for show and tell at club meetings. As another friend reminded me, Brad had a story for everything in his collection whether it was how he’d come by it or why it had a special meaning to him.  Sharing those stories and his knowledge was one of Brad’s favorite things. He was so excited when he attended Celebration V in Orlando that he brought along a digital scrapbook of his collection so he could show it off and discuss it with all the people he knew he was going to meet.

Celebration Anaheim Brad Buttons

Our friend, Joe K., has a hilarious story of Brad getting to meet Geoffrey Carlton, author of “The Star Wars Super Collector’s Wish Book” series of reference books, at a Celebration party. As Joe tells it, Brad was introduced to him and made the comment, “My God, it’s Geoffrey Carlton,” and proceeded to run off to speak with him leaving Joe and company on their own.  The story grew with each retelling and this year, for Celebration Anaheim, we made a special set of buttons for Brad, Joe, and Bruce L., who made Brad’s trip possible, to commemorate it.

PSWCS CVBrad had been in declining health for the past few years and thanks to Bruce, he was still able to attend PSWCS meetings and events, and Celebration Anaheim.  The entire Club was thrilled to have Brad with us in Anaheim because of his enthusiasm for all things Star Wars. When you’ve been to a lot of conventions it’s easy to become jaded, but with Brad there this year, hearing how excited he was by each panel he’d attended or cool new collectible he’d spotted, it made me appreciate it more.

Beyond toys and collectibles, Brad’s passion was for music. Not only was he a huge fan of John Williams’ Star Wars scores, he also loved the fan created songs and parodies as well. He spent a lot of time collecting Star Wars themed music and shared it by giving away CD mixes and as a DJ who played it at several PSWCS summer socials and other local gigs. Cheap Trick was his favorite band and he was just as happy to talk about that fandom as he was Star Wars.

I’ve known Brad for over 13 years and it’s sad to think that he won’t be with us next month at this year’s PSWCS social. He won’t be with us to talk about the new Star Wars movie opening in December and he won’t be here to share in the new John Williams music.  Brad was a father, and husband to Carole, and leaves behind a beautiful family.  Brad Kulp was a wonderful person and friend and the world is a little less bright today without him in it.

Disney Interactive Brings Star Wars Games to D23 Expo

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Published on: July 13, 2015

D23 Expo 2015

DISNEY INTERACTIVE BRINGS BLOCKBUSTER STAR WARSTM AND DISNEY VIDEO GAMES TO D23 EXPO 2015

Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition, Star Wars Battlefront™ and KINGDOM HEARTS III To Headline Disney Interactive’s Hall D23 Presentation and Expo Pavilion

BURBANK, CA – July 13, 2015 –D23 EXPO 2015 will feature the biggest Star Wars™ and Disney video games in a special presentation in the signature 7,500-seat Hall D23 theater and in Disney Interactive’s pavilion on the show floor.

In the Hall D23 presentation on Sunday, August 16, fans won’t want to miss never-before-seen gameplay, trailers, new reveals and surprises from Disney Interactive’s most anticipated games. Among the games participating in the presentation are: Disney Infinity 3.0 EditionStar Wars Battlefront™ from Electronic Arts and KINGDOM HEARTS III from Square Enix. Disney Interactive will showcase more Star Wars characters and Play Sets new to Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition and provide the entire audience with limited-edition giveaways exclusively for Hall D23. Electronic Arts will give guests an in-depth look at Star Wars Battlefront, the authentic Star Wars gaming experience coming November 17. Square Enix will also bring special guests and surprises to Hall D23 to reveal new information from KINGDOM HEARTS III.

In the Disney Interactive pavilion on the show floor, players can experience the latest and upcoming titles through hands-on demos, innovative interactive experiences and premium giveaways for all guests.

  • Players will join forces with Star Wars, Marvel, Disney and Disney•Pixar characters in Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition, the next chapter in the best-selling “hybrid toy / video game” series. Guests will have the chance to play some of the new Disney Infinity Play Sets, Star Wars™ Twilight of the Republic, Star Wars™ Rise Against the Empire and Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out, and the fully enhanced Toy Box mode. Pavilion guests will also be able to visit the “Only in the Toy Box” Experience. Using a new augmented reality technology, fans can step into a virtual Toy Box environment and interact alongside their favorite Disney, Disney•Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars characters found inside Disney Infinity. Disney Infinity will also be giving away thousands of pre-release Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition figures featuring popular characters from across The Walt Disney Company (while supplies last).
  • Pavilion guests will also be able to live out some of their Star Wars battle fantasies by going hands-on with Star Wars Battlefront.
  • Fans can experience the latest arcade sensation from Disney Interactive, Lucasfilm and BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, Star Wars™: Battle Pod™. Featuring cutting-edge, arcade-style video gameplay, Star Wars: Battle Pod brings players right into the action with a totally unique experience featuring a dome-shaped screen, air jets, and rumble seat.
  • In the pavilion’s game lounge, fans can take a break from the show floor and try out the hottest mobile games including Star Wars: Commander, Frozen Free Fall and LINE: Disney Tsum Tsum.

Tickets for D23 EXPO 2015 are $74 for a one-day adult admission and $54 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $65 for a one-day adult admission and $48 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $112 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit D23EXPO.com.

About Disney Interactive

Disney Interactive is the digital entertainment part of The Walt Disney Company. As one of the world’s largest creators of high-quality digital experiences, Disney Interactive produces interactive entertainment for the whole family including multi-platform video games, online short form video, mobile and social games and digital destinations across all current and emerging media platforms.

Entertaining guests of all ages, Disney Interactive’s key products include the video game platform Disney Infinity, top virtual world for kids Club Penguin, popular mobile franchises like Frozen Free Fall and LINE: Disney Tsum Tsum, top online destinations for kids, parents and fans including Disney.com, Oh My Disney, and Babble.com and the Disney social network reaching more than 1.5 billion guests on Facebook.

About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.  For more information visit marvel.com.  © 2015 MARVEL

About D23 EXPO 2015

D23 EXPO—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. Presentations, talent, and schedule subject to change. For the latest D23 EXPO 2015 news, visit D23EXPO.com. To join the D23 EXPO conversation, make sure to follow @DisneyD23 on Twitter and use #D23EXPO.

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold and General Membership levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.

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Sideshow Announces Upcoming Releases During SDCC

Sideshow Zuckuss 4-LOM Teaser

A Collector Panel was held at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend and Sideshow revealed some new items that will be coming our way in the near future.  Several upcoming releases were teased during the online Comic-Con event but there were still a few surprises.

In the Artist Concept Series, Sideshow will be releasing the 1:6 scale McQuarrie Concept Darth Vader figure which was first shown at Celebration Anaheim.  They also have three 1:5 scale statues in the works, including a Stormtrooper, Boba Fett, and Darth Vader.

Sideshow’s Premium Format line will expand with Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Sandtrooper, and Jango Fett.

Sixth scale fans already have pre-orders for the new Jawa 2-pack and R5-D4 while looking forward to a new Darth Maul, R2-Q5, AT-AT Driver, and newly revealed Zuckuss and 4-LOM.

The full slideshow of images from the presentation can be seen on the Sideshow Website.

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