And now a word from Tom Spina!

by Darth Danno
on 2017-07-19, 06:55:57

The latest from Tom Spina Designs

Hi again from the crew at TSD! A lot's been happening since our last newsletter, and you'll find quite a few new projects from Star Wars and Star Trek to Batman, Doctor Who and beyond! Check out the news section of our website for all the latest.

Two updates we'd like to highlight are a restoration of an original Rick Baker Cinovation Studios "worm guy" alien from the first Men In Black, and Tom's appearance on The Star Wars Show, which shoots at Lucasfilm's headquarters and debuted online about 2 weeks ago.

Tom had a blast chatting with Andi at Lucasfilm about our dream projects, creating our now famous t-shirt cannon and a bit about our latest venture creating licensed Star Wars art, furniture and decor, Regal Robot.

You'll find full galleries, video and lots of info for each of these below… we hope you enjoy and that everyone's having a great week! Thanks for reading!

Update on the Rancho Obi-Wan theft

by Darth Danno
on 2017-07-19, 06:54:53

The below is taken from the website in an article written by Paul Payne of The Press Democrat dated July 10th, 2017

A Georgia man pleaded guilty to stealing more than $100,000 of 'Star Wars' memorabilia from a Petaluma-based collection considered the largest of its kind in the world.

Carl Edward Cunningham, 45, Marietta, Georgia, faces up to four years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 7 in the theft at Rancho Obi-Wan.

The nonprofit museum founded in 2011 is home to more than 400,000 pieces including dolls, movie props and other fan gear.

Cunningham was alleged to have taken about 120 items during visits last year and in 2015.

Among the pieces are a vintage Boba Fett playing card and a Millennium Falcon Lego set worth thousands of dollars on eBay, organizers said.

We stand with JediDefender!

by Bill Cable
on 2017-07-12, 06:44:43

Now, it's entirely possible I'm the last Star Wars collector who visited's main site on a daily basis to check if there is any collecting news out there... but let's run with this like I wasn't. On around June 17th, the front page disappeared, replaced with the following message: Image

My logical conclusion was that JD probably changed web hosts, and were still working on getting up and running after the transfer. Apparently that's not the case. After a few days I posted in the JD forums (which still work fine), and received the following response:

Some server issues after an update. Chris and Jeff are dealing with them. Technology is so much fun!

Now it's nearly a month later, and the message still persists. Chris and Jeff must be dealing with some brutally awful technology issues! As they struggle to recover, I wanted to send out support from us at Get well soon, JD!!

James Gunn coming to HasCon!

by Bill Cable
on 2017-07-05, 07:43:21

Hasbro just announced some stellar additions to its first-ever HASCON FANmily Event on September 8 – 10, 2017, including panels, meet & greets and autograph sessions with James Gunn (writer and director, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 1 and 2) and Stan Bush (singer, "The Touch" from TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE). HASCON will also feature a headline performance by Multi-Platinum GRAMMY® Award-Winning singer-songwriter Daya! Image

Previously announced talent includes appearances by DUDE PERFECT, Stan Lee (Marvel Comics Legend), Lorenzo Di Bonaventura (Producer of all the TRANSFORMERS films); Peter Cullen and Frank Welker (original TRANSFORMERS voice talent); Andrea Libman and Cathy Weseluck (voice talent of MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC and MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE); and "Chewbacca Mom," Candace Payne.

Hasbro also just unveiled some awesome perks for the HASCON VIP packages, which will offer fans special VIP 1-hour early access to the show floor to buy HASCON exclusive products from My Little Pony, Transformers, Dungeons and Dragons as well as multi-convention exclusives from Star Wars, Marvel and Magic: The Gathering.* VIP’s will also receive a Hasbro goodie bag, access to the VIP lounge and an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Hasbro headquarters, in addition to one very exclusive event (Transformers Hall of Fame Dinner, My Little Pony: The Movie Sneak Peek or others!).

Cable Collection 2017

by Bill Cable
on 2017-06-28, 09:07:39

So last week I hosted my first Western PSWCS meeting in a few years. And to prep for the meeting, I got my collection room up to snuff - unpacking and shelving a year's worth of new acquisitions. Gotta have the room gleaming and golden for company!

With the room ...

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In Defense of Carrie

by Darth Danno
on 2017-06-28, 08:15:33

Carrie Fisher’s autopsy results were posted online recently and I feel it’s just wonderful (Heavy on the sarcasm here!) that they decide to kick such a wonderful and vibrant woman when she can no longer defend herself. She had long stated that she fought her demons on a daily basis and it is my belief that we all need to do what we need to do to get along each and every day. Life may be a lot of things, but one thing it’s not is fair! Leia was my favorite Disney princess, is my favorite Disney princess, and will always be my favorite Disney princess, and no new findings about what was found in her system can or will ever change that! I bet if there was a way to test for it, her awesomeness factor (as well as midichlorian count) would be off the charts!

In closing, Carrie, we had your light for a short time, but in that time that light burned brighter than the explosions of both Death Stars. I believe I am among many who still respect you, miss you, wish your family the best at this time, and know the Force will be with you always, just as your spirit will be with us, each and every time we watch any of the original trilogy, or even the holiday special. The latest reports do nothing to diminish my love, admiration, and respect for you, to me that’s all just Bantha poodoo! May you rest in peace, and may those who seek to tarnish your reputation be hit by Force lightning!

Action Figures & Their Beers - When you're a jet . . . .

by Beedo Sookcool
on 2017-06-27, 07:37:41


I found a new Brew Dog offering . . . somewhere. I can’t remember where I actually picked this up, because it was somewhere I don’t normally go to. Now, Brew Dog is located in Scotland. So I thought I needed a black-hearted, evil Scot to go with ...

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That's it. I give up.

by Beedo Sookcool
on 2017-06-27, 07:30:54

I know this looks like another TL;DR, but it pertains to Star Wars collecting, and I just have to vent. Furthermore, it explains why you haven’t seen too many Star Wars figures in “Action Figures & Their Beers” lately. Also, I wonder if I’m alone in thinking like this, or ...

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Action Figures & Their Beers - Full-on Broadside

by Beedo Sookcool
on 2017-06-24, 11:01:27


I have been waiting for years to do this one. YEARS, Hasbro! I used up all the best beer / figure pairings early on in this schtick, mainly because I didn’t think it would still be going eight and a half freaking years later. Yeah. I checked. The first ...

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Action Figures & Their Beers - Hop to it!

by Beedo Sookcool
on 2017-06-23, 17:32:55


I booked the weekend off for my birthday so I can catch up with some reviews and drink some beers. Mostly drink some beers. Because I soon have to start a rather imposing diet in an attempt, by December, to try to fit into some wedding clothing that does ...

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