Star Wars Celebration (Sat)

by Darth Danno
on 2015-05-20, 09:44:43

My body had obeyed my commands the past two days, but today I decided to acquiesce to the aches and pains of this mortal form and slept in a bit. I figured I could always hunt down any desired exclusives on eBay upon my return home, of course they would ...

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Star Wars Celebration (Fri)

by Darth Danno
on 2015-05-13, 06:44:58

Got up at 5:00, got ready, and headed to the convention center. This time, they were lining us up outside, but it was a nice day so it wasn’t bad. The food trucks were starting to pull in at this time too. There was quite a line in front of ...

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Countdown to FORCE FRIDAY!

by Bill Cable
on 2015-05-12, 08:34:37

On Friday September 4th, Hasbro will release its first toys from The Force Awakens. And that is apparently 115 days from now. How do I know this? Is it because I'm a competent counter? No it is not! I know this, because Hasbro sent me a countdown calendar! Check it out: Image Image

Today's throwback toy is Mace Windu from the Saga Legends line. But I didn't bother taking a photo of that one. The Vintage Falcon is much cooler.

For the social media thing, we're supposed to tag these stories with #ForceFridayCountdown. So there it is...

All in all, not a bad little piece of swag! It might even motivate me to run out to Walmart when the toys hit. THREE MONTHS ahead of the movie, for some reason. Apparently collectors love spoilers.

Behind the Scenes at Celebration Anaheim!

by Bill Cable
on 2015-05-06, 09:36:34

Participating in the Fan Group table project at Star Wars Celebrations requires a ridiculous amount of time and effort. Absolutely herculean. Not only do you have to worry about the prep work, you gotta worry about coordinating booth shifts, transporting materials, and ensuring you have just the right swag. However, ...

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Star Wars Celebration (Thu)

by Darth Danno
on 2015-05-06, 06:53:03

Got up at 6, got dressed, and headed out. Found out the convention center wasn’t that far from the hotel at all, so I started walking. As I headed down the street, I saw Disneyland was almost right across the street, so that was mighty convenient as I had bought ...

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Celebration Anaheim - A conversation with Hasbro!

by Bill Cable
on 2015-05-04, 06:52:02 was thrilled to get the opportunity to interview a couple Hasbro reps at Celebration Anaheim. A transcript of this interview follows. We uncovered a number of newsworthy items we'd like to highlight:

  • No, they can't tell us anything at all about Episode 7.
  • Even if we ask again or rephrase the ...

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Celebration Anaheim - The Force Awakens PROPS!

by Bill Cable
on 2015-05-01, 07:57:46

One of the big surprises at Celebration Anaheim was the gallery of props from Episode 7: The Force Awakens. The first wind anybody got of it was when somebody in the convention hall noticed a sign pointing to the room. Very sneaky, Lucasfilm!

Here's a fun story - I got to ...

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A tale of failure

by Bill Cable
on 2015-04-30, 11:54:10

One of the things I really wanted to do at Celebration, as detailed in this previous story, was get a SUCKS photo of John Ratzenberger. I heard his lines weren't long from other convention-goers, so I thought I'd have a great chance. Then I scoped out his booth, and saw it was plastered with "No Photos" signs.

Still, I had to try. So on Sunday I went to his booth. No line. Then I noticed even more "No photos" signs. And I decided not to try. I had a nice conversation with him, but it was obvious he was exhausted. He appreciated the praise I gave him for his work in Cheers. He chuckled when I showed him my drawing of Bren Derlin. I could have asked, but I just didn't want to put him through any stress. In the end, I ended up with a nice signed photo. Image

Droids Hammerhead - Artwork COMPLETE!

by Bill Cable
on 2015-04-29, 06:50:33

I'm back from Celebration, so it's back to work! It's amazing how many months of free time can get sucked up prepping for a big convention. I should really post a story showing off everything I was involved with... but that'll have to be for another day. Today, I'm looking forward, towards my next run of custom-carded, Droids-style action figures.

Over the past few evenings I put the final touches on my Hammerhead art. I spent most of that time playing with the color saturation and tone of the art and template. My new color laser printer just super-saturates everything. I used up a ton of paper (and toner) getting the hue of the Droids logo to match my Vintage proof card. On my screen it looks almost gray at this point, but it prints to match very nicely. As far as the art goes, it's almost transparent on my screen, but it's still printing almost too dark. Image

With the front complete, I need to do a couple things to the back (mostly color matching like I did for the front), and collect materials. I have the bubbles in-hand, and the figures and coins requested. Once I have everything in my hands I'll begin taking pre-orders. I only received 10 Hammerhead bubbles, so this will be another figure with a run of 10. With some of the others I ended up with 12 or 14 bubbles, so I'll probably bump up those runs.

I hope you like how the card turned out as much as I do. I'll have to go into the story behind the design whenever I start assembling them.

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim (Wed)

by Darth Danno
on 2015-04-29, 06:37:08

My flight out of O’Hare was supposed to be @ 5:00 pm, but I had received a notice from the airlines that it had been pushed back until 8:15 pm, so I had most of the day free. A friend was picking me up after he got off of work, ...

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