Continuing a tradition that started in 2005 and has carried through all U.S. Celebrations since, six regional Star Wars collecting clubs will be giving away custom patches at their booths at Celebration Anaheim 2015. Each Lucasfilm-approved patch is fully embroidered and depicts an action figure from the vintage Star Wars line by Kenner. Collect all six to complete your set of Bounty Hunters from The Empire Strikes Back!
The patches will be available free of charge, and only 1000 sets will be produced. Each club will set their own distribution schedule and policies. You can find the patches at the following booths:
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
Along with the new Zam Wessel statue, Gentle Giant is also offering two new Jumbo pre-orders from their Star Wars line.
The first is Logray the Ewok. He’ll be bubble packed with a Return of the Jedi card back and includes up-scaled accessories including his headdress, medicine bag and staff. Logray rings in at $80.
The second listing is for a new 3-pack, Star Wars Villains. The set includes Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, and Death Squad Commander. The set is priced at $199.00 which decent price for three Jumbo figures. They are all re-packs but have not been available on the primary market for a couple of years.
Both sets are set for an early 2016 release.
Gentle Giant is offering a pre-order for a 1:6 scale Zam Wessel statue. Priced at $269.00, the statue comes with two portraits so you can display her with either her human or Clawdite face.
The statue is scheduled for a 1st quarter 2016 release.
Yes, paper model. Model maker Bernard Szukiel spent four years building a 38″ replica of the Millennium Falcon out of paper. There are some additional materials for the windows and the entire ship is lit up with lights.
Gizmodo posted an article about the ship on Monday and you can see a full image gallery on StarshipModeler.co.
Frank D’iorio has been hosting diorama workshops at Star Wars Celebrations since 2002 and this year, at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, he’s partnering with Hasbro to create a massive Cloud City diorama.
One of the best aspects of the Celebration dioramas are the action figures populating the buildings and scenes that fans and kids assemble during the weekend. That’s where Frank needs our help; while Hasbro has stepped up to donate figures of our main heroes and villains, Cloud City wouldn’t be complete without plenty of Bespin Guards, Ugnaughts and Cloud Car Pilots.
If you have Bespin related action figures, especially those mentioned, and would be willing to donate them to the Celebration Anaheim Diroama Workshop, head over to Frank’s website, DioramaWorkshop.com, for details on how you can help. All of the action figures used in the dioramas are given away to kids on Sunday so they’re all going to a good home.
Sideshow Collectibles has posted a pre-order for their Premium Format Darth Vader statue. The statue depicts Vader from Return of the Jedi. He stands approximately 26.5″ tall with his base and features an articulating head and light-up lightsaber.
Darth Vader is scheduled to be released between March and May 2016. He’s priced at $499.99 and Sideshow is offering their payment plan along with a non-refundable deposit of $50.
Star Wars Weekends start on May May 15, 2015 and this year’s event will be kicked off by a ticketed event on Thursday, May 14th, called Galactic Gathering. Galactic Gathering runs from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and tickets are $250 each.
Attendees of the event will receive a pin and first shot at purchasing new pins and Vinylmation along with other collectibles.
Tickets went on sale at 1:00 pm today. The list of merchandise and additional photos are on the Disney Parks Blog.
At past Celebrations, artists have been invited to customize Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, Clonetrooper and Boba Fett helmets into unique pieces of art. At this year’s Celebration Anaheim, Sideshow Collectibles will be hosting a similar project called the “R2-ME2″ Exhibition at their booth.
The “R2-ME2″ project will feature customized R2-D2 Deluxe 1:6 scale figures by over 90 artists. Work in progress photos are being posted to Instagram with the hashtag #R2ME2. The photo above is from the Shiftett Brothers’ site.
Sideshow announced the project in a blog post yesterday and additional information and photos can be found with that article.
The season 1 finale for Star Wars Rebels aired on Disney XD last night and there were some big happenings. USA Today has a write-up on the episode that includes spoilers and the announcement of two Legends figures coming later this year to the toy aisle.
Spoiler alert attaches to the link and photo, which opens un-blurred.