Just a tease...

by Bill Cable
on 2017-08-09, 07:04:21

I've recently completed something which I haven't done in a very long time. I'm set to deliver it this weekend, so I don't want to share too much today. But I figured I'd give you guys a taste...

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Come back next week for the full reveal!!



Forces of Destiny... Found!

by Darth Danno
on 2017-08-09, 06:55:20

Last Tuesday I went to one of my local TRU stores and lo and behold, they actually had some of the "Forces Of Destiny" figures in stock! And here I thought it was going to be an all-day thing having to go to multiple stores only to still come up short, but no, everything I wanted was here.

I was able to pick up both Rey figures, Jyn Erso, and Sabine. They didn’t have either of the Leia figures, but I wasn’t too interested in either of those. Now if they had a Leia figure in her slave bikini, then I’d be on the hunt for that one, but I don’t see that as being too appropriate considering this line of figures is mainly targeted at young girls.

It’s hard to believe that Force Friday is coming up next month! Can’t wait to see all that is (literally) in store for us then and in the coming months. I’m sure all the new merch will make me very happy, while at the same time making my wallet very Unhappy. But such is the life of a die-hard Star Wars collector like me.



Star Wars Figures Worst to First - Power of the Force!!

by Bill Cable
on 2017-08-02, 07:35:07

The Vintage Power of the Force line has a special place in the hearts of a lot of collectors. I distinctly remember the final Star Wars figure I ever bought at retail was POTF Han in Carbonite. When I saw the follow-up Droids and Ewoks I was aghast and passed. So POTF marked the end of my childhood Star Wars collecting.

So how's about we brutally mock a whole bunch of them for being awful figures???

This also marks the end of our countdowns of movie release figures. What could possibly be next??



More on the theft from Rancho Obi-Wan

by Darth Danno
on 2017-08-02, 07:28:26

The below comes directly from the ROW website which looks to have been posted back on 6-5, but I didn’t see the below portion until last week. So I figure that if I hadn’t seen it, there may be others who haven’t seen it either. If you can spread the ...

Click here to read the WHOLE story!



Finding the Forces of Destiny

by Darth Danno
on 2017-07-28, 07:30:40

Originally I heard that some of the "FOD" were supposed to come out on July 1st, with more being released on Force Friday. But in checking the stores on 7-1, no "Forces of Destiny" figures to be found. Then I heard that they pushed back the release date until August 1st, but lo and behold they are starting to show up in stores already, just none of the stores I happen to stop in! I’ve also heard that in some places, when they are taken to the register, they are unable to be rung up because their shelf date is 8-1, but I guess some people were able to purchase them as they’re popping up more and more on eBay for a lot more than I’d want to pay for them. I’ll be scouring the shelves of my local stores once again come next Tuesday, and will report back on my findings…if any.



Vintage Droids toon MAIL CALL!!!

by Bill Cable
on 2017-07-26, 07:44:49

Last week I received the final Droids MOC figure I needed to complete my run of all the Droids characters on their premiere cardbacks. The last hold-out was R2-D2... and it cost me an arm and a leg (not very appropriate for an armless figure...). Here's the full run:



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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 petaluma360.com 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 JediDefender.com'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:

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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 CreatureCantina.com. 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!

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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!).



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