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02 Feb 2015 :: Collector Spotlight: TK-102

Collector Spotlight: TK-102

From the selection of SWNZ Feature Articles (Feb 2005): Not much has changed since the last pics were taken, though the room continues to get gradually smaller! I have to be selective with purchases these days, but still leave spaces on the walls for... ...MORE

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22 Jan 2015 :: Wooden X-wing Goes Viral

Source: NZHerald.co.nz

Here's an example of kiwi ingenuity at its best - images of this handmade wooden X-wing kid's rocker have been rapidly spreading around the internet of late...cool and interesting to learn that it is actually made in New Zealand. The NZ Herald has coverage here.

Matt G

20 Jan 2015 :: Star Wars Insider Magazine Subscriptions

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The Star Wars Insider magazine, currently published by Titan Magazines, has been a fan favourite for decades now, but in this age has to work hard to remain relevant and competitive with online news sources. With Rebels underway (and confirmed for a second season) and Episode VII on the horizon, it seems to be achieving that, containing a bountiful variety of exclusive new and archive content.

Getting hold of issues of the Insider magazine has often been a bit of a challenge in New Zealand, with local stores only occasionally or intermittently stocking them, and when they do, it has often been at exorbitant air-freighted pricing levels. The current subscription service offered by Titan Magazines is very cost-effective, however, with a 1 year, 8 issue run coming in at NZ$10.60 per issue (Approximately NZ$85 annual subscription, at the current exchange rate). You can start your international subscription here. Even individual back issues aren't priced badly, coming in at an approximate shipping-inclusive cost of NZ$17.50 - you can order single back issues here. These prices are all subject to change, of course, and will fluctuate with the exchange rate, but the full annual subscription in particular seems to be a pretty reasonable deal if you still like good old fashioned glossy paper as a media format. If however, you want to go digital, you can actually subscribe to the Insider magazine in a couple of different mobile formats here.

Matt G

18 Jan 2015 :: SWNZ Message Boards - Hot Topics

SWNZ Message Boards

The SWNZ Forums (www.SWNZForums.co.nz) have just turned five years old. Come on over to join in the conversations, covering all aspects of Star Wars collecting, general Star Wars discussion, and a Buy, Sell, & Trade section. The following are recently updated topics:

  - Darth Vader at Graphic Comics in Wellington... ...MORE
  - EP 3 clone trooper helmet FS... ...MORE
  - Haul Thread... ...MORE
  - PlanetGadget.co.nz, still trading?... ...MORE
  - SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE... ...MORE
  - Stormtrooper Armour Actually Being Used... ...MORE
  - Check out this Chinese comic book adaptation of the Wars?... ...MORE
  - New 'Star Wars Costumes' book (October 2014)... ...MORE

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

Matt G

06 Jan 2015 :: Hasbro 'The Force Awakens' Products Announced

Yesterday TheForce.net gave us a rundown of the product assortment that Hasbro is soliciting for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. There's a variety of 3.75" and 6" figure products listed, but one of the most exciting parts of this announcement was the mention of an old favourite: Micro Machines.

The Micro Machines and Action Fleet lines were - and still are - some of my favourite Star Wars products ever released, so the suggestion that they might be returning is an incredibly exciting one for this collector. Among the Micro Machines solicitations were listings of the traditional three-pack assortments, deluxe assortments, and figure multi-packs, as well as new blind bag assortments. The rundown also included mention of die-cast vehicles in The Black Series line, which could very well see the return of the old Titanium Series in a new form.

Last year I wrote a blog post decrying the lack of focus on miniature Star Wars vehicles. It's great to hear that - as the release of The Force Awakens draws near - this may all be about to change.

Be sure to check out the full list of Hasbro solicitations here!

Discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

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04 Jan 2015 :: 'Star Wars: Rebels' in SkyWatch magazine

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The January SkyWatch magazine features a 'Star Wars: Rebels' cover and two-page interior spread, promoting the headline shows of their new DisneyXD channel. Although the day-to-day scheduling doesn't cover such kid's channels, the associated article confirms that the ongoing timeslots for 'Rebels' will be Saturdays and Sundays at 9:30am.

We've seen all of the first 7 episodes a few times on SkyTV now (and the pilot, which convention seems to exclude from the episode numbering system). The 8th episode, "Path of the Jedi" screens in the US this weekend...with a bit of luck, moving forward SkyTV will actually be keeping up with the US broadcast schedule...or at least won't be too far behind. The timetable for the next week or so is available to review and remote book here.

As far as free-to-air television goes, although TV2 did screen the "Spark of Rebellion" pilot on New Year's Day, we haven't, at the time of writing, seen any evidence of them carrying this show in an ongoing timeslot.

Discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Matt G

25 Dec 2014 :: Merry Christmas from SWNZ

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and all the best for the New Year from SWNZ! Thank you all, for all of your support, as we head in to 2015...expecting it to be the biggest year for Star Wars yet!

Matt G

24 Dec 2014 :: 'Star Wars: Rebels' on SkyTV, Disney XD

'Star Wars: Rebels' Figures

'Star Wars: Rebels' starts on SkyTV's Disney XD channel tonight (6:30pm). The full schedule is available to review and remote book here. Some, but not all, of the screenings have series link information associated with them to allow you to queue them all up for recording.

Discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Matt G

22 Dec 2014 :: 'Tis the Season for Star Wars

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There's no better way to celebrate the holiday season than by injecting a little Star Wars goodness into your celebrations. Since 1996, Hallmark has been helping us do this with a range of incredibly well-made and well-detailed Christmas "Keepsake" ornaments - many of which also feature sound effects and dialogue from the movies. I add a few more to my tree each year, and it's now looking ready for even the grandest Life Day celebration!

The range for 2014 includes Darth Vader on the operating table, a Scout Trooper, a Sandcrawler, the Cantina Band, and a Lego Boba Fett. Distribution is limited in New Zealand, but Briscoes always does a reliable job of stocking a small supply of each ornament. The Sandcrawler is also still available for purchase in the Hallmark online store (but you'll need access to a US mail forwarding service).

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19 Dec 2014 :: SWNZ, Star Wars New Zealand on Facebook

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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:

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  - Stormtrooper watch at MightyApe, 30% off... ... ...MORE
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  - We've often heard it said that it is difficult to find variety among Star ... ...MORE
  - Kiwi ingenuity at its best - images of this handmade wooden X-wing kid's ... ...MORE
  - You can list classified adverts for Star Wars collectibles through the ... ...MORE
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  - Revoltech super-articulated Darth Vader Action Figure available at MightyApe: ... ...MORE

Matt G

18 Dec 2014 :: Star Wars Fashion for Women - The Kessel Runway

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I've often heard it said that it is difficult to find variety among Star Wars apparel items for women. At first glance, this appears to be true...but I have found that by digging a bit deeper, all sorts of interesting manufacturers and options can be found.

The Kessel Runway is a new website that, on a daily basis, explores the world of Star Wars fashion for women. From fan favourites like Her Universe and Thinkgeek, to Fashion Week runway collections by Rodarte and Preen, I track down amazing Star Wars apparel available today, alongside vintage accessories... ...MORE

Anaria

16 Dec 2014 :: Episode 7 Countdown - 1 Year To Go!

So, assuming a midnight release for The Force Awakens (and I'd wager that's a near certainty), 12am tonight marks the 1-year-to-go point!! Make a note in your calendars: 17th December 2015 is the date for Episode 7 in New Zealand. You can join in the conversation here.

And, in the meantime, check out SWNZ screenshot gallery from the EP7 teaser trailer here.

Matt G

15 Dec 2014 :: Star Wars New Zealand on Flickr

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The SWNZ group on Flickr is an aggregation of images representing "Star Wars" in New Zealand. If you have a Flickr account, you can join the group and contribute photos from local Star Wars events, or New Zealand-exclusive collectibles.

Matt G

14 Dec 2014 :: 'The Force Awakens' NZ Release Date

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The Episode 7 trailer is now screening on selected theatres/movies locally. A 22 metre wide version of the teaser has been witnessed at Auckland's IMAX cinema, leading The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Even better, it officially confirmed that the local release date for The Force Awakens will be Thursday December 17th 2015. With the international dateline coming in to play, that means NZ will have a general release nearly two days ahead of the US!

Discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Matt G

14 Dec 2014 :: Link to SWNZ

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SWNZ wants to recruit your help to spread the word amongst Star Wars fans... above are a selection of buttons that can be downloaded (or hotlinked) to link in to Star Wars New Zealand. Feel free to use them on your websites, blogs, forum signatures etc, to help support SWNZ. The image URLs to choose between are:

  - http://SWNZ.Dr-Maul.com/images/linkswnz.jpg
  - http://SWNZ.Dr-Maul.com/images/linkswnz2.gif
  - http://SWNZ.Dr-Maul.com/images/linkswnz3.jpg
  - http://SWNZ.Dr-Maul.com/images/SWNZ_120x75a.gif

The website URL to link to is www.SWNZ.co.nz... ...MORE

Matt G

13 Dec 2014 :: Affiliate Update - MightyApe.co.nz

Looking to Star Wars-ify the Christmas stockings of friends or family (or your own prezzie pile)? There is still time to buy from MightyApe.co.nz - they clearly indicate which collectibles are held at their warehouse and are which can be shipped in time for Christmas. The following are selected items from their in stock and ready-to-ship list (prices are correct at time of writing):

  - Star Wars - Rebels Chopper Plush, $24.99
  - 6" Black Series Action Figure - Sandtrooper, $39.99
  - Star Wars - Rebels Stormtrooperer Plush, $24.99
  - Rebel Soldier Jumbo Vintage Figure, $139.99
  - Star Wars Chromium Envelope Wallet, $29.99
  - TIE Advanced 1:72 Model Kit, $44.99
  - X-Wing Starfighter 1:72 Model Kit, $44.99
  - Imperial Snowtrooper Jumbo Vintage Figure, $149.99
  - Star Wars X-Wing: VT-49 Decimator, $59.99
  - Star Wars X-Wing: YT-2400 Freighter, $44.99
  - Darth Vader Mug with Removable Lid, $29.99
  - Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion, DVD, $19.99
  - Star Wars Wampa Slippers (Small), $44.99
  - Sideshow Echo & Fives Clone Trooper Set, 1/6 scale, $379.99
  - Padme Amidala Kids Costume (Small), $71.99

You can review their Star Wars selection at this link.

Matt G

12 Dec 2014 :: Ellerslie Santa Parade

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There are still a couple of Christmas parades scheduled around a number of kiwi communities, including the Wellington Santa Parade this coming weekend. The above photos, contributed by SWNZ member Fredstar, are from the Ellerslie Santa Parade which took place on the 7th of December.

If you manage to take any photos of Imperials or galactic heroes at your local Santa Parade, and would like to share them with the community, send them in or post them to our Facebook page.

Matt G
(photo credit: Freddy C)

09 Dec 2014 :: 'Star Wars: Rebels' on SkyTV, Disney XD

'Star Wars: Rebels' Figures at Toyworld Stores

'Star Wars: Rebels' will be one of the flagship shows featured on SkyTV when it launches a local version of Disney XD (channel 103) in NZ on Christmas Eve. The ongoing timeslot for the show hasn't been confirmed just yet, but should be available on their online TV guide within a couple of weeks. Thanks to Jeff G for bringing this to our attention via our Facebook page.

Matt G

08 Dec 2014 :: Auckland Santa Parade

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The last couple of weekends have seen Christmas parades around a number of kiwi communities, including the Auckland Santa Parade down Queen St on Sunday November 30th. The above photos of that event, showing Star Wars costumers fundraising for the Child Cancer Foundation, have been contributed by SWNZ members Anaria and Fredstar.

If you manage to take any photos of Imperials or galactic heroes at your local Santa Parade, and would like to share them with the community, send them in or post them to our Facebook page.

Matt G
(photo credits: Anaria, Freddy C)

01 Dec 2014 :: SWNZ Calendar

Are you running an upcoming Star Wars-related event somewhere around New Zealand? Follow the instructions on the SWNZ Calendar page to get your event details added to the SWNZ Calendar.

Matt G

30 Nov 2014 :: More 'The Force Awakens' Teaser

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If you still haven't seen enough of the EP-VII trailer, we've uploaded caps from the 1080HD version to a gallery optimised for easy paging between images: click here to view.

Discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Matt G

29 Nov 2014 :: 'The Force Awakens' Teaser

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The highly anticipated teaser trailer for "The Force Awakens" is now online, and it's convincingly exhilarating!

You can view it at iTunes Trailers or on the Official Star Wars Youtube channel. Over on the SWNZ Message Boards, we've broken it down in to shot-by-shot screen-caps, so that you can digest and revel in every little glorious detail...join in to that discussion here.

Matt G

28 Nov 2014 :: SWNZ Message Boards - Buy, Sell, and Trade

SWNZ Message Boards

If you are looking to buy, sell or trade Star Wars collectibles amongst fellow fans, you can now post and manage your own advertisements on the SWNZ Message Boards. There is also a quick link to the relevant section of the message boards over in the left-hand navigation menu of www.SWNZ.co.nz.

Matt G

27 Nov 2014 :: Santa Parades

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We're coming up on the Santa Parade season, with events taking place around the country on most weekends between now and Christmas Day itself. What's that got to do with the Star Wars fandom?...well, this year there will be Star Wars characters marching in the parades at a good number of locations spread through NZ.

Starting this Sunday (Nov 30th), weather permitting, Stormtroopers, Rebels, and Jedi will be helping the Child Cancer Foundation collect donations during the Auckland Santa Parade. Next weekend we'll see Star Wars represented at both the Ashburton Santa Parade (Saturday Dec 6th) and the Christchurch Santa Parade (Sunday Dec 7th). And, a little closer to Christmas proper, Wellington will have its Parade with Star Wars support on Sunday Dec 14th.

If you manage to take any photos of Imperials or galactic heroes, and would like to share them with the community, send them in or post them to our Facebook page.

Matt G

25 Nov 2014 :: AT-AT Children's Bed

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Every now and then, we stumble across a Star Wars creation that makes us wish we were a kid again. Seen at the 2014 Auckland Armageddon Expo, the 3.6m long, 2.4m high AT-AT child's bed made by Philip Magnussen of Katikati-based Paranooid Productions Ltd had exactly this kind of impact. I believe the correct response to such an encounter is to forget that the intended primary audience might be the youngling fans, and remember that when it comes to the appreciation of things Star Wars, the distinction between generations is blurred to the point of nonexistence...just admit that you really want one!

Philip built the All-Terrain Armoured-Bed to fit in his son's normal double-bed-sized room, and duplicated the project to have a model displayed at the Armageddon Expo. It's obviously more than just a piece of functional furniture - closer inspection reveals elements and features such as the action figure storage and playset space incorporated in to the vehicle cockpit! The details behind the whole enterprise are both remarkable and intriguing - Philip has taken the time to respond to our questions, as we sought to dig deeper in to the story behind this imposing construction...

What are the basic stats for the AT-AT: number of pieces, time to build, etc?

I built the first one out of love for my son and hence I stopped counting the hours at 400, and I figured the copy I created for the Armageddon show would take less time, however it still took 420 hours to complete. This is "chargeable time" only (that is actual productive work), not including hours in design, fixing mistakes etc.

The entire structure is made of 1260 pieces, virtually all hand cut (some others such as buckets, circuit boards etc. were sometimes used whole)... ...MORE

Matt G

23 Nov 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 in stock list (prices are correct at time of writing):

  - Age of Rebellion: Onsaught at Arta I, adventure module, $49.99
  - The New Essential Guide to Alien Species, paperback, $43.99
  - R2-D2 Gents Stainless Steel Watch, $399.99
  - Tarkin, hardback, $39.99
  - Stormtrooper Gents Stainless Steel Watch, $399.99
  - Sideshow Echo & Fives Clone Trooper Set, $379.99
  - Boba Fett ArtFx+ Statue, $84.99
  - Stormtrooper ArtFx+ Statue Set, $134.99
  - Star Wars Costumes, hardback, $79.99
  - Star Wars Rebels Calendar 2015, $24.99
  - Star Wars Rebels: Rebel Journal, $17.99
  - Star Wars Sith Single Duvet Set, $69.99
  - Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir, trade paperback, $25.99.

You can review their Star Wars selection at this link.

Matt G

22 Nov 2014 :: Shop at MightyApe

Shop at MightyApe

From the selection of SWNZ Feature Articles (May 2011): Online store and SWNZ affiliate MightyApe.co.nz has great prices on Star Wars, sci-fi and related interesting books, toys, games, game guides and DVDs. They also now offer free delivery on orders... ...MORE

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20 Nov 2014 :: Star Wars Costuming in New Zealand

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Star Wars costuming as a hobby has really grown in New Zealand in recent years, especially with local conventions like Armageddon Expo providing opportunity and exposure. If you are interested in making your own costume, or just learning more about the hobby, but don't know where to start, there are a number of online resources, clubs, and websites that you will find useful.

Outpost 42 is the New Zealand garrison of the 501st Legion, the international costuming club that focuses on Imperial characters. You can follow them via their home page, forums, or Facebook page. The international 501st Legion website is www.501st.com.

If your allegiance falls to the other side, the Naboo Outpost is the local contingent of the Rebel Legion - the "good guys" costuming group. Their forums can be viewed here, and/or you can follow their Facebook page.

There are also the Mandalorian Mercs - for mandalorian costumes, including Boba and Jango Fett, mandos from the expanded universe and original mando character costumes. New Zealand is part of the Sandhawk Clan... ...MORE

Anaria

17 Nov 2014 :: Star Wars Clube Portugal - Roger Christian Interview

Here's an exclusive interview (Portuguese and English versions available) with Roger Christian: Star Wars Clube Portugal. Roger Christian is a renowned English film director and production designer, Academy award winner, who made the Jedi their first laser swords.

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

Matt G

04 Nov 2014 :: Fanfair Hobby Event, Auckland

Fanfair Hobby Event, Auckland

The Fanfair hobby event is taking place in Auckland this weekend (Saturday 8th November). Click on the above image for full details, and/or visit their Facebook page.

Discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Matt G

03 Nov 2014 :: Collecting with a Code of Honour

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Star Wars New Zealand supports the "Collect to Collect" programme, an ideology initiated by Rebelscum.com to promote a cooperative Star Wars collecting community. The following perspective encapsulates the rationale for that philosophy...

It was on a cold August morning in 2008 that I found myself huddled outside a Toyworld store in the Wellington CBD. That day marked the release of the first wave of figures for the upcoming The Clone Wars film, and a small group of die-hard fans had gathered for the 7:30am opening. For us, it was the end of an era. The Clone Wars was (we thought) the final time we would see a new Star Wars film on the big screen - and the last chance we'd have to attend a corresponding merchandise launch. The promise of new plastic candy would have been enough to drag me out of bed, but the added bonus of a complimentary ticket to a preview screening of the film sealed the deal.

It was my first time around other hard-core collectors and, in all honesty, I didn't know what to expect. There were a number of figures I was desperate to get my hands on, but that would be in short supply thanks to Hasbro's unfathomable distribution system... ...MORE

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