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26 Oct 2014 :: Calendar Alert

Today's events from the SWNZ Calendar :

10:00am ::
Armageddon Expo, ASB Showgrounds, Auckland (official website).

Keep an eye on SWNZ's Flickr group and Facebook page for up-to-date photos.

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26 Oct 2014 :: SWNZ Visits Skywalker Ranch

SWNZ Visits Skywalker Ranch

From the selection of SWNZ Feature Articles (Apr 2012): Skywalker Ranch needs little introduction amongst Star Wars afficianados. Geographically, it is a secluded and externally non-descript block of land in Marin County, north of San Francisco. Down an... ...MORE

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25 Oct 2014 :: Auckland Armageddon Expo

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Photos from the preview night of Auckland Armageddon are up in this gallery.

Discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Matt G

24 Oct 2014 :: Auckland Armageddon Expo

Fundraising for Child Cancer Foundation

The Auckland Armageddon Expo is on in Greenlane over this long weekend. We've already been in during the set-up phase, and there seems to be some interesting Star Wars bits & pieces to see and photograph.

Come along to see Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion and Rebel Legion, fundraising for the Child Cancer Foundation.

Stay tuned to this page for updates and photo galleries over the duration of the convention.

Discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Matt G

23 Oct 2014 :: Affiliate Update - BookDepository.com

As many will already know, SWNZ affiliate BookDepository.com has a large catalogue of Star Wars books at excellent prices, and they offer free international shipping. The following is a selection of the latest and upcoming releases.

  - Tarkin, hardback, $31.35.
  - Star Wars - Costumes, hardback, $66.11.
  - The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Star Wars Action Figures, 1977-1985, paperback, $36.14.
  - Star Wars Rebels: Droids in Distres, paperback. $6.71 .
  - Star Wars R2-D2's Droid Workshop, novelty book, $27.09.
  - Star Wars Art - Posters (limited edition), hardcover with cloth case, $441.52.
  - Star Wars Legacy - Empire of One, paperback, $23.47.
  - Rebel Heist, paperback, $23.47.
  - Star Wars Rebels: Rebel Journal, hardback, $14.69.
  - Rebels: A New Dawn, hardback, $31.72.
  - Star Wars Rebels Annual 2015, hardback, $16.24.
  - Star Wars Annual 2015, hardback, $16.48.

Matt G

22 Oct 2014 :: Star Wars: Rebels on TV2

SkyTV's Disney channels don't seem to have any more episodes of 'Star Wars: Rebels' listed at the moment, but TV2 will be screening the pilot on Monday 27th October, 4:05pm (and then repeating an hour later on TV2plus) - TV Guide link.

Matt G

21 Oct 2014 :: Star Wars Books At Your Library

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Did you know that the Auckland Council Library system has nearly 2,500 Star Wars books in its catalogue? The libraries of the other main regions have counts of a similar order of magnitude.

Included in that selection are novels for all ages (pre-school, junior, and adult), non-fiction titles, graphic novels, audio and visual media, and even console games. Multiple copies are held in stock for most of the items, and they are pretty quick off the mark when it comes to acquiring the latest releases (such as the Star Wars:Rebels novel "A New Dawn" by prolific Star Wars author John Jackson Miller).

To go on the hunt for some good reading material, log in to online system of the library of which you are a member, and start with a "Star Wars" keyword search (here's the link for the Auckland system, for example: www.elgar.govt.nz/...star+wars). Once you've found something that piques your interest, it's a pretty simple process to put a request or hold on a title to have it soon waiting for pick-up at your local library branch.

Most of us are pretty familiar with that sort of library process...it's still worth having a good dig around, I'd argue...you might be surprised at the breadth and extent of the range of Star Wars books you can actually get your hands on.

Discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Matt G

20 Oct 2014 :: Affiliate Update - Amazon.com

Please note, Amazon.com prices are in US dollars. The above product selection widget will not be visible if you are running an ad-blocker without SWNZ white-listed.

Matt G

18 Oct 2014 :: SWNZ, Star Wars New Zealand on Facebook

Get SWNZ Facebook Notifications

You can follow SWNZ, Star Wars New Zealand on Facebook at facebook.com/StarWarsNZ. The following are the most recent posts, shares, and discussions that are going on over on that side of the SWNZ network:

  - Auckland Armageddon 2014 (Saturday photos)11 new photos ... ...MORE
  - Auckland Armageddon 201412 new photos ... ...MORE
  - Come in and see Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion and Rebel Legion at ... ...MORE
  - 'Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion' comes out locally on DVD in ... ...MORE
  - SkyTV's Disney channels don't seem to have any more episodes of ... ...MORE
  - Did you know that the Auckland Council Library system has nearly 2,500 Star ... ...MORE
  - 'Star Wars: The Old Republic" game update 3.0 is imminent. The game ... ...MORE
  - A couple of slightly different Star Wars products have been spotted around New ... ...MORE

Matt G

17 Oct 2014 :: SWTOR - State of the Game 2014

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Star Wars: The Old Republic has been going for nearly three years now, and as a subscriber from day one, I've seen the game change a fair bit since I played my first character. For those who are considering coming back, or Star Wars fans thinking about trying out the game, now is a great time to join in. As a Star Wars fan with no MMO gaming experience, I was worried I would be lost amongst those who have played other online games for years - but it is a good community of both gamers and Star Wars fans, with lots to offer for everyone.

There is no up-front cost to trying out The Old Republic for yourself, with the game offering a variety of cost options - from completely free to play, to preferred (any purchase US$5 and over grants this status), and subscriber, there is something for every wallet. For New Zealand players, the West Coast US servers will give the best time zone population levels and connection speeds - 'The Harbinger' server is where most Oceanic players reside. The game now offers character transfers, so it is possible to move your characters to the server of your choice.

The game has had many features added since it's initial launch... ...MORE

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15 Oct 2014 :: Miscellaneous Star Wars Products

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A couple of slightly different Star Wars products have been spotted around New Zealand recently. Some branches of Countdown supermarkets are stocking toffees in a collectible Star Wars Rebels tin, for $5 each, and R2-D2 mugs have been found at branches of The Warehouse. Keep an eye on the SWNZ Message board for updates and reports of availability.

Matt G

14 Oct 2014 :: Star Wars: Rebels Arrives!

We've now had the first two episodes of Star Wars: Rebels screen on Disney XD in the US, and global Disney channels around the world. Like a lot of fans, I'd been buzzing with excitement about this series for some months. I absolutely adored The Clone Wars, and was curious to see what that same team would be able to do with this new - and relatively untouched - era of the saga.

Fortunately, Dave Filoni and the incredible cast and crew behind Rebels didn't disappoint. After seeing the extended preview back in August, I commented that it looked like "the 'Wars that we all grew up with and fell in love with". The premiere episode truly lived up to this sentiment. The plot, the pacing, the banter, and the score - they all hearkened back to what makes this saga truly amazing.

Rebels is an incredibly fitting follow-on from The Clone Wars, but it's also a very different show in so many ways. Gone are the sprawling vistas, grand armies, and political machinations. Rebels is a far more intimate show than its predecessor - and this is where it triumphs. The almost claustrophobic space in which the action takes place gives the characters a real chance to shine. There's an instant attachment - and investment - to be found in every one of the ensemble cast. While Rebels still has a long way to go to match The Clone Wars in its final few seasons, it already shows an enormous amount of promise.

If you're looking for a Star Wars fix to hold you over until next December, then this is exactly what you're after. Episode 2 of Rebels has just aired this past weekend, and is also currently available as a free download in the iTunes store for those of you with a US-based account. At the time of writing, we are eagerly awaiting SkyTV's programme schedule confirming a time and date for the third episode.

Discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Archon Revuge

05 Oct 2014 :: 'Star Wars: Rebels' Figures at Toyworld Stores

'Star Wars: Rebels' Figures at Toyworld Stores'Star Wars: Rebels' Figures at Toyworld Stores

'Star Wars: Rebels' action figures have been confirmed at many Toyworld stores around New Zealand, including Auckland and Wellington. Not every branch has them in stock just yet though. Keep an eye on the SWNZ Message board for updates and reports of availability.

Matt G

02 Oct 2014 :: SWNZ Message Boards - Hot Topics

SWNZ Message Boards

Lots of new, interesting discussion is going on in the SWNZ Forums (www.SWNZForums.co.nz), covering all aspects of Star Wars collecting, general Star Wars discussion, and a Buy, Sell, & Trade section. The following are recently updated topics:

  - Armageddon Expo Auckland 2014... ...MORE
  - Darth Vader Helmet Question....... ...MORE
  - Stormtrooper or Boba Fett costume... ...MORE
  - FA: Tonnes of Galactic Heroes... ...MORE
  - Combined Star Wars Fan Club Armageddon Dinner, 25th Oct... ...MORE
  - Darth Vader costume coming together... ...MORE
  - 'Star Wars Rebels' animated series... ...MORE
  - Commander Soloway-Skywalker, of the Tattooine Soloways... ...MORE

Come on over and join in the conversation! Read the 'Welcome' message for more details.

Matt G

01 Oct 2014 :: Exclusive Star Wars Fabrics at Spotlight

Exclusive Star Wars Fabrics at Spotlight

Spotlight stores are currently stocking a large array of Star Wars fabrics (multiple designs and multiple fabric types): catalogue link. The licensed designs are exclusive to Spotlight stores, and VIP cardholders get a price reduction on their purchases.

Matt G

29 Sep 2014 :: Star Wars: Rebels, SkyTV, Fri 3rd Oct

The first episode of the new Star Wars: Rebels animated series has screened in the US (to a partial audience, via Disney's mobile service), but it looks like we've got dates for the NZ debut...starting this coming Friday on SkyTV's Disney Channel!

  - Friday 3rd Oct 5pm
  - Saturay 4th Oct 6:12pm

Keep an eye on the SWNZ Calendar for upcoming episode reminders.

Discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Matt G

28 Sep 2014 :: Star Wars Reads Day, October 11th

Star Wars Reads Day, Oct 11th

The official, international Star Wars Reads Day events take place on October 11th this year. A number of New Zealand libraries are actively involved, including many around Auckland and Hamilton. The image above (click for full size) has details for the Parnell Library. Check the Facebook page of your local library to see if they have specific plans for this family event.

Matt G

24 Sep 2014 :: Star Wars Cali (Colombia) - Ryder Windham Interview

The following interview with Ryder Windham has been contributed by Star Wars Cali (Colombia): English version, Spanish version.

Ryder Windham is a prolific writer about the Star Wars Universe. He is known for books like Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide, Millennium Falcon: A 3D Owner's Guide, and more recently The Bounty Hunter Code.

Check out the SWORA website at www.SWORA.info, and their Facebook page at Facebook.com/The.SWORA.

Matt G

17 Sep 2014 :: Auckland Hobbies Fair

The Auckland Hobbies Fair, New Zealand's largest collectors fair for diecast models, model trains, collectable toys, model train layouts, working models, and sci-fi collectables (including, undoubtedly, Star Wars items), is coming up on Saturday 27th September.

Freemans Bay Community Centre
52 Hepburn Street, Auckland City
11.00am to 3.00pm
Entry: $5 per person (primary school children free if accompanied by adult)
FREE ENTRY AFTER 1 PM

More details can be found, and bookings made, via their website and/or Facebook page.

Matt G

15 Sep 2014 :: SWNZ Message Boards - Store Reports

SWNZ Message Boards

If you want to stay up to date with the latest information on Star Wars product releases and availability around New Zealand, the best way is to sign up to the SWNZ Message Boards and keep an eye on the Store Reports thread.

Matt G

26 Aug 2014 :: How To Join SWNZ

Over the years, we've had many people ask "how do you join SWNZ?" Being predominantly a news site, there wasn't initially really been a means to join per se, other than regularly visiting and/or contributing to the Star Wars New Zealand homepage. However, a couple of years ago we expanded the community aspect of SWNZ when we opened the SWNZ Message Boards (aka 'SWNZ Forums'), which are now integrated with the news site - by joining (and logging in to) the SWNZ community, you now have full access to the forums, and enhanced features on the news site, including private message alerts, a timezone-specific calendar and event alerts.

You can also plug in to the SWNZ community via Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Tumblr.

Matt G

22 Aug 2014 :: A Dark Force Rising in Star Wars Fandom

It's an incredible time to be a Star Wars fan. The internet is filled with news and rumours about the many releases Disney has in store for us, and the fan community is thriving like never before.

Sadly, amid all of this, there's a dark force rising. One of the most important features of the internet is the fact that it affords everyone a voice, but there are times when some voices become needlessly negative and - ultimately - toxic. I've recently witnessed some troubling examples of this within the Star Wars fan community, and felt it was time to break from my usually dispassionate posts to say something about it. After some careful consideration, I've found that everything really boils down to three main things that we as fans need to keep in mind:

1. If you love Star Wars, then you're a Star Wars fan. It's that simple. Star Wars fandom isn't an exclusive club. There's no entrance exam, and there's no required knowledge. You don't need to have read every Star Wars book, or played every Star Wars game. There's no such thing as a "true fan", and pretending that there is only serves to harbour divisions in the fan community.

2. Star Wars: Episode VII hasn't even been released yet. In recent weeks we've been seeing a lot of rumours of what might or might not appear in Episode VII. Most fans have met these with curiosity and excitement, but others have responded with scathing criticism - already writing off the film as doomed to failure. But this isn't fair. I've said before that there's every reason to have hope in Episode VII, and I stand by that position. At the very least, we owe it to the cast and crew of the film to wait until 18 December 2015 before we even consider passing judgement on it.

3. Whatever happens, "your" Star Wars will remain intact. I've often said that one of my favourite things about the Star Wars universe is that you're always free to take what you want, and leave what you don't. If you donít enjoy Episode VII, then that won't be a problem - you'll always have the original six films (or original three as the case may be). If Star Wars: Rebels doesn't float your star cruiser, then you're under no obligation to continue watching. The important thing to remember is that for some - or, hopefully, for many - these new additions will become as important as the classic films that we've all grown up with. While we might not like a particular entry in the saga, there will always be fans out there who genuinely enjoy and treasure it. Respecting that fact is what genuine fandom is all about.

Ultimately, we need to remember that we're all here for the very same reason: a deep and abiding passion for that galaxy far, far away. So long as we keep that in mind, and meet our fellow fans with kindness, the Star Wars community will continue to be as incredible as it's always been.

Archon Revuge

20 Aug 2014 :: Star Wars Headlines - Alltop.com

All the top Star Wars news.

Alltop.com is an online service that aggregates RSS feeds from large news sites into topic pages so you can, at a glance, keep up to date with your favourite interests. Star Wars New Zealand is included in their Star Wars page - check it out at Star-Wars.AllTop.com.

Matt G

11 Aug 2014 :: Affiliate Update - Fishpond.co.nz

Star Wars Rebels Story and Activity Book A New Dawn: Star Wars (Star Wars) Star Wars: Maul: Lockdown Lego Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary (Lego Star Wars) Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan (Star Wars (Scholastic)) The Last Jedi: Star Wars (Star Wars)

Fishpond.co.nz's range of Star Wars products covers most collectible types, including a number of harder-to-find, and/or older items (who knew that you could buy a Darth Vader Sleeping Bag or Lightsaber Toothbrush?) Don't forget that they offer free shipping (in NZ) too:

  - X-Wing Miniatures Game: Rebel Aces Expansion Pack, $44.19.
  - Star Wars Rebels Story and Activity Book, $9.99.
  - A New Dawn: Star Wars (Star Wars), hardcover, $34.99.
  - X-Wing Miniatures Game: Yt-2400 Freighter Expansion Pack, $35.88.
  - Star Wars: Maul: Lockdown, paperback, $13.55.
  - X-Wing: HWK-290, $18.21.
  - X-Wing Miniatures Game: Z-95 Headhunter, $16.97.
  - X-Wing Miniatures Game: TIE Phantom, $16.97.
  - 3D Stamp Star Wars Set Cake Cookie Cutter Fondant Decorating Tools, $6.97.
  - The Millennium Falcon Owner's Workshop Manual (Haynes Manuals), $38.76.
  - Lego Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary, $30.36.
  - Star Wars: Phonics Boxed Set, $15.99.
  - Star Wars: Complete Vehicles, $42.99.
  - Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan (Scholastic), $15.99.
  - The Last Jedi, paperback, $13.28.


Check out Fishpond's full range of Star Wars products by clicking here.

Discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Matt G

09 Aug 2014 :: Hot Wheels Star Wars Vehicles at SDCC 2014

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This year's Comic-Con International: San Diego saw a lot of buzz around Hot Wheels's new range of Star Wars-inspired cars. Sadly, its upcoming line of miniature Star Wars vehicles - one of the releases I was most excited about at SDCC - received far less coverage. The internet is a wonderful place however, and thanks to the fine folks at GalacticHunter.com we're now able to get our first look at this exciting new line (gallery link).

The vehicles aren't set to ship until Spring 2015, so the range on display at SDCC was understandably limited. Among those vehicles featured were a handful of X-Wings, TIE Fighters, Snowspeeders, an AT-AT, and the Millennium Falcon. The sculpts appear incredibly close to those from the now defunct Titanium Series line, so the glimpse of an entirely new vehicle - the Ghost... ...MORE

Archon Revuge

06 Aug 2014 :: Celebration Anaheim Discussion

The countdown to Celebration Anaheim (April 2015) is well under way. A fairly large contingent of kiwis intending to head over are discussing plans jointly on the SWNZ forum... you can join in the conversation here.

And, in the meantime, you can check out SWNZ galleries from past Celebration events: Celebration 3 (2005), Celebration 4 (2007), Celebration 6 (2012).

Matt G

04 Aug 2014 :: Affiliate Update - MightyApe.co.nz

MightyApe.co.nz is a well-established local online retailer that has a great range of Star Wars collectibles and other products at competitive prices. They're now starting to list "Star Wars: Rebels" items. For the high-end items, you have the added benefit of avoiding international shipping and customs/duty fees. The following are selected items from their most recently available products (prices are correct at time of writing):

  - Obi-Wan Kenobi Bust Bank, $39.99
  - Bossk Pop! Vinyl Bobble Head Figure, $19.99
  - Hammerhead Pop! Vinyl Bobble Head Figure, $19.99
  - Goodnight Darth Vader, $21.99
  - Star Wars, based on the original rough-draft screenplay, $26.99
  - Star Wars Men's Bi-Fold Wallet, $29.99
  - Star Wars Rebels: Rise of the Rebels, $10.99
  - Jedi Academy 2, $18.99
  - Star Wars Rebels the Visual Guide, $37.99
  - Kenobi, $13.99
  - Star Wars Saga Calendar 2015, $24.99
  - LEGO Star Wars - Sandcrawler (75059), $599.99
  - Lego Star Wars: These Aren't the Droids You're Looking for - a Search-and-Find Book, $27.99
  - Mythbusters Season 8 Collection 2 (Includes Star Wars Special), $34.99

You can review their Star Wars selection at this link.

Matt G


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