Celebration Anaheim - A conversation with Hasbro!

by Bill Cable
on 2015-05-04, 06:52:02

CreatureCantina.com 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 CreatureCantina.com 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.

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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.

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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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Introducing Star Wars Figures Worst to First!!

by Bill Cable
on 2015-04-28, 08:10:10

Greetings loyal readers! On top of the thousand other projects I was working on for Celebration, I found myself working with my brother on a new YouTube endeavor. Apparently there are videos out there that get millions of hits which feature toys. Mostly, it's people opening toys. And my brother's 3-year-old son can't get enough of them. So he was thinking - why not do that for Vintage Star Wars figures?

No no no! Not open them! Just shoot videos of them. With information and stuff.

So here's the first one. He thought it'd be interesting to rank them and give values. I provided the toys and most of the information. He produced the script, and the video. I hope you'll check it out and provide feedback.

Personally, I think 3PO should have been ranked higher...



Hasbro at Celebration Anaheim

by Bill Cable
on 2015-04-27, 09:58:14

I still need to transcribe the interview Darth Danno and I conducted with Hasbro reps in Anaheim. For now, I'm happy to share some photos from their booth. They had a decent selection of products, pretty much all of which I've yet to see at retail. That's because my Walmart hasn't had anything except a smattering of old Black 6" figures and those Command miniatures since probably November...

Their big reveal for Celebration was an Ahsoka 6" Black figure:

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Here are a few of the 4" figures they displayed:

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And here are some of the upcoming 6" Black figures:

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A new product line of customizable lightsaber kits was there. I was told they were inspired by the Force Awakens cross-hilt saber, but to me it looks more like they were inspired by Phineas and Ferb:

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And finally, I just happened to be scheduled to be there at the same time the great Dave Filoni was signing autographs at the booth. So I stole a shot...

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Be sure to check back soon for even more Celebration Anaheim coverage from CreatureCantina.com!



PSWCS.org Darth Vader medallions SELL OUT!!

by Bill Cable
on 2015-04-23, 06:16:50

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim was a huge success for PSWCS.org which sold a Darth Vader medallion in support of Castaway Critters, a no-kill animal shelter in Harrisburg, PA. The limited edition medallion, with only 1,000 pieces, sold out on Sunday afternoon raising over $6,700 for Castaway Critters.

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Action Figures & Their Beers - Vintage Sounds

by Beedo Sookcool
on 2015-04-23, 02:39:31

FULLER’S VINTAGE 2014

Happy St. George's Day!

Ah, Fuller’s Vintage! I missed out on the 2013 edition, because after carrying the line for three years, our local Sainsbury’s supermarkets decided to drop it without warning. I waited to see if they’d pick it up again this year, and they didn’t. I had ...

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West Coast time

by Bill Cable
on 2015-04-22, 09:10:12

I've returned from an epic adventure in Anaheim, California. It really was spectacular. I got to hang out with good friends from across the globe. I attended some sweet Rebels, Clone Wars and Collecting Track panels. I presented one of the best-received Collecting Track panels myself (all credit to Skye Paine and Bill McBride). I also had the opportunity to interview a couple guys from Hasbro, and took hundreds of photos at Celebration. I have a thousand things to write up. But I'm also back in the real world, and exhausted from jet lag and the time change. So it'll be a few days before I get to it. For now, I'm happy to share one of the most notable things I saw at the Room Sales. If you know what this is, you'll be impressed. If you don't... well... just know that's a super rare POTF coin, and this is how it was sold in Japan.

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