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25 Jul 2014 :: Pizza Hut EP1 Promotions

Pizza Hut EP1 Promotions

From the selection of SWNZ Feature Articles (Apr 2013): In 1999, the whole globe was abuzz with Episode 1 hype. One area that was quite saturated with Phantom Menace promotions was the fast food market. 'Restaurant Brands NZ Ltd', the New Zealand... ...MORE

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23 Jul 2014 :: Episode VII Discussion

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The official reveal of the Episode VII Starfighter (and pilot) yesterday was a pleasant surprise. Discussion on and excitement about Star Wars 7 is starting to heat up. Join in the local conversations on the SWNZ Message Boards... ...MORE

Matt G

22 Jul 2014 :: Your Guide to Star Wars at SDCC 2014

San Diego Comic Con 2014

This week, Comic-Con International: San Diego rolls around for another year. SDCC usually brings a raft of announcements regarding our favourite franchise, as well as giving toy companies like Hasbro an opportunity to show off their latest wares. This year's convention is no exception, with a number of highly-anticipated Star Wars-themed events taking place. Sites like TheForce.net and Rebelscum.com will be keeping fans posted throughout the four-day event, and below you’ll find a guide for when these updates are likely to start trickling through. All event descriptions are taken from the official SDCC webpage, and times and dates have been converted to New Zealand local time... ...MORE

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21 Jul 2014 :: Star Wars Clube Portugal - Darren Marshall Interview

The following interview with Darren Marshall has been contributed by SWCP, Star Wars Clube Portugal: swccpt.blogspot.pt/../entrevistas-swcp-darren-marshall.html (English and Portuguese versions available).

Darren Marshall is a sculptor and design artist who designed the characters for the animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Prior to joining the show, Marshall had worked for ILM, and was approached by Dave Filoni, supervising producer of The Clone Wars, who had seen some of Marshall's maquettes and asked him to come work on the show.

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

Matt G

16 Jul 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

09 Jul 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:

  - Video of the full-sized Vader Hot Wheels car, to be shown at San Diego Comic ... ...MORE
  - Some really exciting Episode VII costume and prop details were revealed ... ...MORE
  - San Diego Comic Con coverage will ramp up from this Friday. Here is a ... ...MORE
  - Donate to UNICEF and you could be in Star Wars Episode VII (plus, cool prop ... ...MORE
  - Jason Isaacs (aka Lucius Malfoy) has been confirmed as the voice of The ... ...MORE
  - If you are keen to get a head start on the inside details of the 'Star ... ...MORE
  - Andy Serkis talks Star Wars in the NZ Herald...but gives nothing away: ... ...MORE
  - EP-VII + IMAX? https://twitter.com/bad_robot/status/486628757780721664 ... ...MORE

Matt G

07 Jul 2014 :: A New Hope for Star Wars Vehicle Collectors

Star Wars Vehicles

Last month, we received word that Hot Wheels and Star Wars would soon be joining forces to release an entirely new range of vehicles. One line will include themed "character cars" (the first of which - Darth Vader - can be seen here). The second - and perhaps more interesting - line, will contain a series of distinct miniature ships with display stands.

As far as I'm concerned, this is fantastic news. While the characters of Star Wars are incredibly important, the vehicles of the saga have a special place in the hearts of fans and collectors alike. In the mid- to late-90s there were a number of lines offering up Star Wars vehicles in various scales. Over the years, however, things changed. First we lost Micro Machines, then Action Fleet, then finally the Titanium Series. For a while now, the only stalwart production of Star Wars vehicles has been in the 3 3/4" line - though even the release of these is sporadic.

The announcement that we may again see the release of smaller-scale Star Wars vehicles is incredibly exciting. Both Hot Wheels lines will be previewed at San Diego Comic-Con later this month, and I'll be waiting with baited breath to see what's on offer. If you're also excited by this development, then be sure to head on over to the dedicated SWNZ Message Board thread and discuss it with your fellow fans!

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04 Jul 2014 :: Tem Strikes Back

Temuera Morrison Jay, Tem, and Bodie

Temuera Morrison to return to the Star Wars Universe? Stuff.co.nz is reporting as much, referring to the first of the standalone/spinoff films that will interspersed between the Sequel Trilogy films. This information is not confirmed - in fact if you dig a little deeper, the source is merely a few additions to IMDB - but it is in the context of other believable information, making it a very interesting potential development.

Discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Related article: Temuera Morrison as Jango Fett (and Clones)

Matt G

03 Jul 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:

  - star wars tattoos... ...MORE
  - Store Reports / Latest Finds... ...MORE
  - Siskel and Ebert vs. The Empire... ...MORE
  - SDCC 2014... ...MORE
  - Star Wars Hot Wheels... ...MORE
  - New/upcoming figure/vehicle discussions... ...MORE
  - MG34/ DLT19 project... ...MORE
  - FAKES!... ...MORE

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

Matt G

02 Jul 2014 :: SWNZ Mailing List

Mailing List

You can subscribe to the SWNZ, Star Wars New Zealand mailing list, in order to receive email notifications of major stories on the SWNZ website (service provided by FeedBurner.com). Simply click the email icon above this message...or click here.

Matt G

01 Jul 2014 :: Star Wars Apparel Options for NZ Fans

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Many of us want to express our love for Star Wars with what we wear, whether it's your favourite character on a t-shirt, or a subtle tie at the office. Unfortunately, finding Star Wars t-shirts and apparel in local stores here in New Zealand can be a rare occurrence, and often the finds are in the children's clothing sections only. It is a lot easier these days to seek what you want on-line, with several major companies now shipping to New Zealand. There's variety to cover a huge array of favourite characters, and many companies are branching out from standard t-shirts to offer other apparel options like button-down shirts, dresses, leggings and socks. Here are some of the popular stores to check out that ship to New Zealand (shipping info approximate, based on examples at time of writing)... ...MORE

Anaria

30 Jun 2014 :: Star Wars Headlines from the Web

All the top Star Wars news.

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28 Jun 2014 :: A Changing Universe

Expanded Universe Novels

If you're a fan of the saga, you've no doubt been asked the same question many times before: "Why do you like Star Wars so much?" It's a hard question, and it's harder still to give an answer that does justice to the deep and abiding love that many of us have for the franchise. Sure, Star Wars contains some of the most well-made films in cinema history. There's a fantastic plot, relatable characters, spectacular effects, and a magical quality that catches the imaginations of young and old alike.

But for me, it's always been about more than the films. The most ambitious thing that Star Wars ever did was to go about creating an entirely new universe. That's why I stubbornly stick to the view that Lucas's creation is more fantasy than sci-fi. In many ways, Star Wars has far more in common with The Lord of the Rings than it does with, say, Star Trek. Most sci-fi franchises build upon the familiar. Star Wars, on the other hand, starts from scratch. Nothing is taken for granted. Every world, every species, every artifact and device is in need of explanation, and it was this grand endeavour that pulled me in hook, line, and sinker.

While the announcement that Disney would be producing episodes VII, VIII, and IX brought much excitement, it also cast doubt on what this would mean for the "Expanded Universe" of Star Wars novels, comics, and games... ...MORE

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26 Jun 2014 :: SWNZ Affiliates

Reel Collectibles Fishpond Online Shopping Mighty Ape Online Shopping IQToys Online Shopping Star Wars books at Amazon

Star Wars New Zealand maintains affiliate relationships to a number of online retailers of Star Wars products, in order to be able to highlight sources of, and pricing for, interesting collectibles. Included are local companies, and selected major international vendors. All purchases made through affiliate links on SWNZ assist in the running costs of the SWNZ website and forums.

The following links provide easy access to a very broad range of Star Wars merchandise, all with competitive pricing.

  - Reel Collectibles
  - Fishpond
  - Mighty Ape
  - IQ Toys
  - Amazon
  - The Book Depository

Matt G

23 Jun 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 selection of statues, busts, and high-end figures (prices are correct at time of writing):

  - Stormtrooper Life Size Monument, $3299.99
  - Sideshow Chewbacca Premium Format Figure, $699.99
  - Sideshow Commander Cody Premium Format Figure, $649.99
  - Sideshow Snowtrooper Premium Format Figure, $649.99
  - Sideshow Tauntaun Deluxe Statue, $629.99
  - Sideshow Stormtrooper Commander Premium Format Figure, $609.99
  - Star Wars C-3PO Perfect Model Chogokin Figure, $589.99
  - Blackhole Stormtrooper Premium Format Figure, $579.99
  - Star Wars Darth Maul Legendary Scale Bust, $449.99
  - Sideshow General Grievous Figure, $439.99
  - Sideshow Imperial Probe Droid Figure, $429.99
  - Sideshow Darth Vader Deluxe Figure, $429.99
  - Star Wars Padme Amidala Statue, $419.99
  - Sideshow Echo & Fives Clone Trooper Set, $379.99
  - Sideshow Boba Fett Prototype Armor Figure, $349.99
  - Sideshow Luke Skywalker Hoth Figure, $349.99
  - Captain Rex 12" Figure, $329.99
  - RAH R2-D2 Talking Action Figure, $299.99

You can review their Star Wars selection at this link.

Matt G

19 Jun 2014 :: Collector Spotlights - We Want You!

Vintage Stormtroopers

Those of you that have been regular visitors for a while will be familiar with the 'Collector Spotlight' articles that show up from time to time. In these, New Zealand Star Wars fans share photos of their collection, and tell a little bit about themselves and their hobbies, as brief or as detailed as they like.

Well, there is plenty of space for more! If you want to show off your collection, big or small, rare, interesting or completist, email me to send in your photos and story, or if you have any questions.

Matt G

18 Jun 2014 :: Tuning in to Far, Far Away Radio

Far, Far Away Radio

If you haven't been listening to Far, Far Away Radio, then you've been missing out on some of the best Star Wars podcasting out there. Each week Andrew, Austin, Chris, Jason, Mallory, and Meg take an entertaining look at the latest updates on the future of Star Wars, sharing their own thoughts and insights (and the occasional Toydarian impression) along the way.

Far, Far Away has truly put together a spectacular team of hosts. They're passionate, engaging, and—most importantly—incredibly fun to listen to. I can guarantee that their show will quickly become the highlight of your Star Wars week. Their podcast is completely free and available to download on a number of different platforms, so be sure to head on over to their site to check it out!

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16 Jun 2014 :: Star Wars Insider Magazine Subscriptions

SW Insider Magazine no.150

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 and Episode VII on the horizon, it seems to be achieving that, containing a bountiful variety of exclusive new and archive content. Included in the publication schedule are short stories, which are particularly interesting given the recent changes to the official position on the Expanded Universe and creation of the Lucasfilm Story Group - issues 149 & 150 feature "Blade Squadron" an epic tale set during the events of Return of the Jedi, and the first publication outside of the films and The Clone Wars TV series, deemed to fall within the definition of "new canon".

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$9.60 per issue (US$65.99 annual subscription, and calculated using an approximate current exchange rate in the 0.85-0.87 range). You can start your international subscription here. Even individual back issues aren't priced badly, coming in at US$10 per issue, plus US$5 to ship a single magazine, totaling NZ$17.45 - 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

09 Jun 2014 :: Collecting in NZ: Statues, Props, and Prints (Part 2)

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This article follows on from part 1, posted yesterday.

Buying direct from the licensee can have it's advantages, with various lay-by options, loyalty schemes and exclusives. The main high-end Star Wars license holders today include Sideshow Collectibles, Gentle Giant, eFX, Acme Archives and Kotobukiya.

Sideshow Collectibles offers a range of high-end collectibles including 12" figures, dioramas, busts, and life size statues. They have a membership programme which is free to sign up to, and purchases earn rewards points which can be used to discount a future purchase. Their Flex-Pay system allows collectors to break down the price tag into 2-8 monthly payments (depending on the value), allowing those of us dealing with the exchange rate and customs fees to spread the cost of those high price items. They often have a 'Sideshow Exclusive' version of their products, which are usually the same price as the regular version, but have a separate/lower edition number to the regular version and include an extra - such as an art print or additional head sculpt for different display options. Higher cost pre-orders require a non-refundable deposit, whether paying the full amount at once or using the lay-by system, but this is usually under US$50 (life size statues require a higher amount). There is the chance of losing your pre-order/deposit if you don't make your monthly payment - but you can choose the day of the month they bill your payment... ...MORE

Anaria


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