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03 Aug 2015 :: Legacy Collection Build-a-Droid Figures at Kool Collectibles

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SWNZ affiliate Kool Collectibles is an Australian-based toy and collectible store that serves all of Australasia, and offers standardised shipping rates to New Zealand.

Their wide range of stock includes many exclusive action figures and vehicles, both new and old. Among the latest of these is the set of 12 cancelled Legacy Collection Build-a-Droid action figures. When Disney acquired Lucasfilm and consequently the Star Wars portfolio in late 2012, it was decided that the "Droid Factory Build-A-Droid" concept should instead become a Disney Theme Park exclusive product (alongside Star Tours merchandise). As a result, it no longer made sense to bring back the Legacy Collection since it would no longer feature its characteristic "Build-A-Droid" parts. It wasn't until mid 2015 that Hasbro were able to offload their remaining limited stocks to a small US-based chain, as well as a different small UK-based chain...these runs were short-lived, leaving this wave of figures both scarce and sought after.

Check out these hard-to-find figures in the New Products section at Kool Collectibles.

Tags: #Store Report #Kool Collectibles

Matt G

01 Aug 2015 :: September 4th, "Force Friday"

September 4th, "Force Friday", is the date when the initial waves of The Force Awakens products from Hasbro are scheduled to hit retail, including at some midnight events. New Zealand retailers will be participating in this international event...because of our timezone, we'll be among the first to see the new Episode 7 products! Here are the details we have so far:

  - NZ will have the same Force Friday as in other markets.
  - Hasbro are anticipating it to "be huge!"
  - The product will be on shelf in all toy retailers from 4th Sept.
  - There are (at least) two retailers that are having midnight openings in selected stores, selling product at 12.01am...formal announcements will be coming soon.
  - Not all the product will be available immediately. Some lines and also some characters within assortments are being progressively released over the coming months leading up movie launch in Dec.
  - Quote from Hasbro: "...the line I've seen is fabulous. Some of the character art on the packaging is particularly stunning and is going to thrill your members."

You can read more details as they emerge, and join in the discussion on the SWNZ Message Boards.

Tags: #Force Friday #The Force Awakens #Store Report

Matt G

21 Jul 2015 :: SWNZ*TV

SWNZ*TV is our video channel, intended as a audio-visual companion to the main www.SWNZ.co.nz news website and SWNZ Message Boards. Every 1-2 weeks, we'll post a video, covering all the Star Wars news and discussion covered over the timeframe since the preceding episode. You can subscribe for notifications at SWNZ.TV.

Here are direct links to the episodes so far:

  - Episode 003: SWNZ.TV/3
  - Episode 002: SWNZ.TV/2
  - Episode 001: SWNZ.TV/1

Tags: #SWNZTV

Matt G

20 Jul 2015 :: 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

16 Jul 2015 :: SWNZ*TV Episode 003

Episode 003 of SWNZ*TV is out, covering all the Star Wars news relevant to kiwis from the last two weeks.

Hallmark Itty Bittys: link.
Star Wars Insider Magazine Subscriptions: link.
Episode 7 Behind-the-Scenes Footage at SDCC: link.
SDCC Message Board Discussion: link.

You can subscribe to the SWNZ*TV Youtube channel at www.SWNZ.co.nz/SWNZTV. Read more on the SWNZ Forums at www.SWNZForums.co.nz/SWNZTV.

Tags: #SWNZTV

Matt G

14 Jul 2015 :: 'Star Wars Insider' Magazine, no.159

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The latest issue of the Star Wars Insider magazine, issue 159, has just hit subscribers' mailboxes in New Zealand. Again, this is days before it's due to hit news stands in the US. This issue includes the following:

  - A tribute to Sir Christopher Lee
  - An 8-page interview with Ashley Ackstein on "The Return of Ahsoka Tano"
  - A short story prelude to the "Dark Disciple" novel
  - Part 3 of the "Dark Empire" comic retrospective
  - An exploration of Asajj Ventress' character and backstory
  - ...and more.

The current price is GBP40.50 for a year, consisting of 8 issues delivered to your door - at the current exchange rate each issue costs a little over NZ$11 (NB: the Titan Magazines website lists the usual subscription price as GBP43.99, but if you use this link, you get a discounted rate: code=WEB14). It's a great magazine for all Star Wars fans with a wide range of articles, and we're expecting it to include more Episode 7 content as we approach the release in December. With Disney's wide plan for the new Star Wars films, comics and games, with even more on the horizon, it's the perfect time to subscribe as we enter this new era of content.

Tags: #Insider Magazine #Magazine

Anaria

14 Jul 2015 :: R2-D2 & Vader Itty Bittys at New World

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Itty Bittys are small stuffed toy characters made by Hallmark Greeting Cards, covering a wide range of franchises. Recently, they started making Star Wars characters - the R2-D2 and Darth Vader plushies from this range has been spotted amongst piles of Disney Princesses at New World supermarkets, priced at $9.99. It is possible that these will show up at other outlets where Hallmark products are sold (e.g., stationery stores).

Tags: #Hallmark #Itty Bittys #Store Report #New World

Matt G

13 Jul 2015 :: Episode 7 Countdown

The countdown clock continues to tick, bringing The Force Awakens ever closer! 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 galleries from the first and second EP7 teaser trailers.

Tags: #The Force Awakens

Matt G

11 Jul 2015 :: Episode 7 Behind-the-Scenes Footage at SDCC

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Click here for full gallery.

San Diego Comic Con, which is still running at the time of writing, has been the source of much Star Wars news over the last few days. You can join in the discussion on various topics and product reveals on the SWNZ Message Boards.

One particular panel that set the internet alight this afternoon had Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams hosting an array of actors from The Force Awakens, including Hamill, Fisher, and Ford, and included the screening of a 3-and-a-half minute reel of behind-the-scenes footage from that upcoming film. You can page through a 104-image gallery of screen-caps from that video here.

NB: SWNZ's spoiler policy applies here...this footage has been released widely through official channels, specifically StarWars.com, so it meets the criteria for information we will share and discuss; the abovementioned gallery does, however, include some character appearances and other information that some may choose to avoid.

Tags: #The Force Awakens #San Diego Comic Con

Matt G

09 Jul 2015 :: San Diego Comic Con Updates

San Diego Comic Con starts today (with a preview night), and kicks up to full speed over the weekend. There are lots of high-powered Star Wars panels, from which we expect much in the way of interesting news and reveals - Saturday (NZ time) should yield the most in the way of updates. The following panel schedule has been converted to the NZ timezone.

  - Star Wars Publishing 2015, Part 1: Saturday, July 11 5:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m.
  - Star Wars Publishing 2015, Part 2: Saturday, July 11 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.
  - Hasbro Star Wars: Saturday, July 11 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
  - Star Wars Collectibles Update with Lucasfilm's Anita Castellar: Saturday, July 11 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
  - ILM 40th Anniversary: Saturday, July 11 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  - Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Saturday, July 11 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

You can see the full schedule and discuss this topic on the SWNZ Message Boards.

Tags: #San Diego Comic Con

Matt G

09 Jul 2015 :: The Clone Wars "The Lost Missions"

Star Wars: The Clone Wars "The Lost Missions" are going to screen on SkyTV's DisneyXD, starting this Sunday (July 12th) at 9am (SkyTV link). Keep an eye on the SWNZ Calendar for further scheduling information.

You can discuss this topic on the SWNZ Message Boards.

Tags: #The Clone Wars #SkyTV #DisneyXD

Matt G

06 Jul 2015 :: Star Wars Vanity Fair Magazine

Star Wars Vanity Fair Magazine

Star Wars Vanity Fair issue now reaching supermarkets. Although air-freight imported editions of the June issue of Vanity Fair, with all its The Force Awakens content, have been available in selected NZ outlets for a few weeks now, it looks like standard distribution channels have caught up, and have this UK version for $15.99.

You can discuss this topic on the SWNZ Message Boards.

Tags: #Store Report #Magazine

Matt G

05 Jul 2015 :: SWNZ Message Boards - Hot Topics

SWNZ Message Boards

The SWNZ Forums (www.SWNZForums.co.nz) have recently 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:

  - oota goota.... going somewhere... ...MORE
  - William Shatner visiting Auckland 1 night only... ...MORE
  - Fantasy Flights X-wing... ...MORE
  - Force Friday, Sept 4 in NZ... ...MORE
  - Dark matter... starwars reference.. kind of. (and more)... ...MORE
  - Midnight Madness Memories... ...MORE
  - Custom 31" Black Series Storm Trooper Commander... ...MORE
  - Headpiece to the Staff of Ra... ...MORE

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

Tags: #Message Boards

Matt G

04 Jul 2015 :: SWNZ Affiliates

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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
  - Amazon
  - The Book Depository

Matt G

01 Jul 2015 :: School Holiday Toy Sales

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Both Farmers and The Warehouse chains of stores have toy sales on now, for the school holidays. You can keep up to date with the details and savings on the SWNZ Message Boards.

Tags: #Store Report #Farmers #The Warehouse #Hot Wheels

Matt G

29 Jun 2015 :: Star Wars Headlines from the Web

All the top Star Wars news.

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28 Jun 2015 :: Affiliate Update - Book Depository

'A New Dawn' at BookDepository.com

SWNZ affiliate Book Depository has great prices on hardcover and paperback Star Wars titles, and offers free international shipping. The following are a selection of their current or upcoming titles from the Rebels and "new canon" ranges (you can set the displayed price to NZ currency at the top right):

  - A New Dawn, paperback, $14.40.
  - A New Dawn, hardcover, $34.67.
  - Tarkin, paperback, $15.31.
  - Tarkin, hardcover, $34.67.
  - Heir to the Jedi, paperback, $18.32.
  - Heir to the Jedi, hardcover, $34.67.
  - Dark Disciple, hardcover, $37.66.
  - Lords of the Sith, hardcover, $34.97.
  - Aftermath, hardcover, $34.67.
  - Star Wars Rebels the Visual Guide, hardcover, $27.95.
  - Star Wars Rebels Annual 2015, hardcover, $19.18.
  - Star Wars Rebels: Droids in Distress, paperback, $10.87.
  - Servants of the Empire: Rebel in the Ranks, paperback, $9.61.
  - Rise of the Rebels, paperback, $9.89.
  - Star Wars Rebels Ezra's Gamble, paperback, $10.48.

Tags: #Store Report #Book Depository

Matt G

27 Jun 2015 :: SWNZ*TV Episode 002

Episode 002 of SWNZ*TV is out, covering all the Star Wars news relevant to kiwis from the last week.

Latest 3.75" Wave at Farmers: link.
Upcoming Auckland Collectables Fair: link.
'Rebels: Siege of Lothal' on SkyTV: link.
Preorder Star Wars Disney Infinity Packs at Mighty Ape: link.
NZ Woman's Weekly Star Wars Comics: link.

You can subscribe to the SWNZ*TV Youtube channel at www.SWNZ.co.nz/SWNZTV. Read more on the SWNZ Forums at www.SWNZForums.co.nz/SWNZTV.

Tags: #SWNZTV

Matt G

25 Jun 2015 :: Upcoming Auckland Collectables Fair

Fanfair presents Toy and Collectables Fair.
The Rose Centre, Belmont, School Road.
Sunday July 12th 11-3pm.
Adults $2 each, children under 15 free.
More info on their Facebook event page.

Tags: #Collectibles Market

Matt G

24 Jun 2015 :: Latest 3.75" Wave at Farmers

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Thanks to SWNZ member stylie_steve's post in the 'Store Report' section of the SWNZ Message Boards, we've been able to confirm multiple cases of Hasbro's wave 7 and wave 8 Black Series action figures at at least a couple of branches of Farmers department stores. These have literally shown up in the last 24 hours, so we anticipate that more branches nationwide will follow suit.

Seen on the pegs are #07 Darth Vader (Dagobah Test), #09 Captain Rex, #10 Jon "Dutch" Vander (Gold Squadron Rebel Pilot), #11 Chewbacca, #13 Clone Commander Doom, #15 Commander Thorn, #16 C-3PO, #17 Princess Leia Organa (Boushh), #18 Mosep Binneed, #19 Han Solo (In Carbonite), and #20 Jawas.

You can discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Tags: #Store Report #Farmers #Hasbro

Matt G

24 Jun 2015 :: Star Wars Bandai Models at Mighty Ape

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We're all very familiar with the ranges of action figures and vehicles coming out of the US (e.g., from Hasbro), but these days there are a lot of highly-detailed Star Wars products originating from Japan as well, including from Kotobukiya, the Revoltech line by Kaiyodo, and the MAFEX line by Medicom.

Mighty Ape stocks many collectibles from these manufacturers, as well as from Bandai, who produce 1:72 and 1:48 scale vehicle kits, and superb 1:12 scale figure kits, including the following:

  - X-Wing Starfighter 1:72 Model Kit, $44.99
  - Darth Vader 1:12 Model Kit, $44.99
  - TIE Advanced 1:72 Model Kit, $44.99
  - C-3PO 1:12 Model Kit, $49.99
  - TIE Fighter 1/72 Model Kit, $39.99
  - AT-ST 1/48 Model Kit, $39.99
  - R2-D2 & R5-D4 1/12 Model Kit, $39.99
  - Snowspeeder 1/48 Model Kit, $39.99

You can discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Tags: #Store Report #Mighty Ape #Bandai

Matt G

23 Jun 2015 :: Wellington Toy Collectors' Fair

Wellington Toy Collectors Fair

Last weekend the 2015 Wellington Toy Collectors' Fair was held at St. Mary's College in Thorndon, Wellington. The fair is an annual event, but hadn't made its way onto my radar in previous years. I went along not really knowing what to expect - but came away very impressed.

The whole event was incredibly well-organised, and featured several dozen vendors selling a wide range of collectibles. Most importantly, there were a lot of Star Wars items on offer - including books, collector cards, and a huge amount of carded and loose modern-era figures. Everything was in great condition, and it was clear that these sellers took a lot of pride in their wares.

If you happen to be in the Wellington region, I definitely recommend heading along to next year's fair. We'll be sure to keep you updated with details as soon as they're released!

You can discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Tags: #Wellington Toy Collectors Fair #Collectibles Market

Archon Revuge

21 Jun 2015 :: 'Rebels: Siege of Lothal' on SkyTV

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And here we go...confirmation of the NZ 'Rebels: Siege of Lothal' screen time...from Sunday 28th June, 8:30am (presumably with repeats thereafter): SkyTV.co.nz.

If you haven't seen it already, you can watch the extended trailer for season 2 here on Youtube (the above images are from that trailer).

You can discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Tags: #Rebels #SkyTV #DisneyXD

Matt G

21 Jun 2015 :: 'Rebels' on SkyTV

Rebels season 2 promo image

We've noticed that DisneyXD on SkyTV has a couple of 'Rebels' programmes scheduled for Fri 26 June and Sat 27 Jun, described as "The ultimate catch up on all the action from Star Wars Rebels Season 1!". Could this be a prelude to a local screening of "Siege of Lothal"?

You can discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Tags: #Rebels #SkyTV #DisneyXD

Matt G

20 Jun 2015 :: Preorder Star Wars Disney Infinity Packs at Mighty Ape

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Disney Infinity is an action adventure "toys to life" video game; there has been a lot of excitement over the last month, since it was announced that installment 3.0 of the game would feature characters from the Star War universe.

You can preorder Disney Infinity 3.0 starter packs and figures from Mighty Ape now:

  - Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars Starter Pack, XBox 360, $99.99
  - Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars Starter Pack, PS4, $99.99
  - Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars Starter Pack, Wii U, $99.99
  - Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars Starter Pack, XBox One, $99.99
  - Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars Figure - Han Solo, $24.99
  - Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars Figure - Obi-Wan, $24.99
  - Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars Figure - Darth Vader, $24.99
  - Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars Figure - Darth Maul, $24.99
  - Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars Figure - Kanan, $24.99
  - Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars Figure - Chewbacca, $24.99
  - Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars Figure - Yoda, $24.99
  - Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars Twilight of the Republic (Ahsoka/Anakin) Playset, $49.99
  - Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars Collector's Edition, $179.99

Tags: #Store Report #Mighty Ape #Disney Infinity

Matt G

19 Jun 2015 :: NZ Woman's Weekly Star Wars Comic Updates

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Click here for full gallery.

We're continuing our comprehensive update of the scans and details of the Star Wars comic strips that ran in the New Zealand Woman's Weekly magazine from August 1979 to June 1984. The individual pages are fairly fragile collectibles...we're digitally archiving them for prosperity, and you can now view the second story, "The Kashyyyk Depths" here.

Tags: #New Zealand Womans Weekly #Comic

Matt G

18 Jun 2015 :: Buy, Sell, and Trade on SWNZ

A while ago now, we moved the 'classified advertisements' section of SWNZ over to a dedicated subsection on the SWNZ Message Boards. You can access it from the left-hand website 'Sections' menu. That subforum works well as a market within the local Star Wars community, but there are a few suggestions to get the most out of your transactions.

  - Make yourself known. People are more likely to trade with active members of the SWNZ community than with persons who sign up just to post a quick 'for sale' thread.
  - Good, large, high-quality photos will always help items to sell, particularly compared to text-only descriptions.
  - Name your price. Although perfectly optional, saying what you want to sell something for will get more responses than just asking for offers.
  - When selling individual items from a large collection of for sale collectibles, an itemised list will garner more responses than a generalised description asking buyers to contact you with their 'wants'.

Visit the Buy, Sell, and Trade subforum here, and check out the 'Tips & Tricks for Buying and Selling' post here.

Tags: #Website Announcement

Matt G

17 Jun 2015 :: SWNZ*TV Episode 001

Episode 001 of SWNZ*TV is out, covering all the Star Wars news relevant to kiwis from the last week.

Subscription info for Star Wars Insider magazine: link.
Preorder links for Battlefront: link.

You can subscribe to the SWNZ*TV Youtube channel at www.SWNZ.co.nz/SWNZTV. Read more on the SWNZ Forums at www.SWNZForums.co.nz/SWNZTV.

Tags: #SWNZTV

Matt G

16 Jun 2015 :: Star Wars Products at The Warehouse

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As well as recently stocking up on Rebels action figures, branches of The Warehouse around the country have a growing array of different types of Star Wars products, from confectionery, to kid's activity books, character USB sticks, Hot Wheels cars and die-cast vehicles (currently part of a buy-one-get-one-half-price promotion), a Star Wars logo wallet...and even Star Wars satin boxers.

Tags: #Store Report #The Warehouse

Matt G

16 Jun 2015 :: Preorder 'Battlefront' at MightyApe

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If you preorder Star Wars: Battlefront from Might Ape, in addition to the early access to the Battle of Jakku mission DLC, you will receive a Darth Vader bobble head figure and an exclusive Star Wars: Battlefront poster as special offer gifts.

  - Battlefront, PC, $89.99.
  - Battlefront, Xbox One, $109.99.
  - Battlefront, PS4, $109.99.

Tags: #Battlefront #Mighty Ape

Matt G

12 Jun 2015 :: Hot Wheels Die-Cast Vehicles at Farmers

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Many Farmers branches have the Hot Wheels die-cast vehicles in decent numbers. The full set includes the Millennium Falcon, Snowspeeder, Slave 1, Y-Wing, and the Ghost. At the moment they are running a 'buy one get one half price' promotion (until early next week), which seems to include these items.

You can discuss this topic on the SWNZ Forums here.

Tags: #Store Report #Farmers #Hot Wheels

Matt G

11 Jun 2015 :: 'The Force Awakens' Teaser Poster

'The Force Awakens' Teaser Poster

'The Force Awakens' teaser posters have been spotted in the wild in NZ. The above picture is from the wall of coming attractions at Event Cinemas in Queen St, Auckland. Note that, unlike the US versions of this poster many would have seen around the internet of late, this one has the day-early New Zealand release date of December 17th.

Join the discussion on the SWNZ Forums.

PS: Also noteworthy is that the same Queen St cineplex has a Star Wars Battle-pod game machine in its arcade. If you're not familiar with that particular new entertainment opportunity, check out the relevant discussion on the SWNZ Forums here.

Tags: #The Force Awakens

Matt G

10 Jun 2015 :: SWNZ*TV...Coming Soon

Here's a teaser for something we're developing at the moment...a project/experiment to share Star Wars NZ news and reviews through a different medium.

You can subscribe to the SWNZ*TV Youtube channel in advance, at this link. Read more on the SWNZ Forums.

Tags: #SWNZ*TV

Matt G

08 Jun 2015 :: Custom Jakk's Pacific 31-inch Sandtrooper

Custom Jakks Pacific Sandtrooper

We've introduced the custom action figure and vehicle conversions of Greyz & Hayleez at Kiwi Custom Buildz, aka KCB Collectables, before. Their latest project is a thoroughly impressive 31-inch sandtrooper, customised from a large Jakk's Pacific stormtrooper, complete with scratch-built scale weapons and accessories. See more on the SWNZ Forums.

Tags: #Custom Action Figures

Matt G

07 Jun 2015 :: 'Star Wars Insider' Magazine, no.158

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The latest issue of the Star Wars Insider magazine issue 158 has just hit subscribers' mailboxes in New Zealand, days before it's due to hit news stands in the US. This issue includes a two-page look at the latest teaser trailer, asking some curious questions about the new reveals that are yet to be answered. While we anxiously wait for more information about the upcoming film, the magazine delves into the new Star Wars canon, with a great article about Marvel's new series of Star Wars comic runs, including full page artwork. There's also a look back at the classic Dark Empire comic mini-series, with part two in the article series about how the comic came to be. On the theme of new canon stories, the magazine premieres a short story featuring Lando Calrissian, set in the 'Rebels' television series era... ...MORE

Tags: #Insider Magazine #Magazine

Anaria

27 May 2015 :: Store Reports

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Today brings a couple of store reports from the Auckland region. Szeto Joe posted to the SWNZ Facebook page of finding Hasbro's 6-inch Black Series wave 8 (Emperor, Clone Trooper Captain, Han & Luke in Stormtrooper disguise) at Manakau Whitcoull's for $19.99 each. And, thanks to Fran W, we have photos of Star Wars caps from New Era (3 varieties seen: Yoda, Stormtrooper, Darth Vader) at the Queen St, Auckland branch of Footlocker.

Tags: #Store Report #Whitcoulls #Footlocker #Apparel #Hasbro #Action Figures

Matt G

26 May 2015 :: Website Updates - Search Engine Upgrade

As part of our ongoing effort to store SWNZ content as an accessible archive over time, we've recently upgraded the search functionality to use the Google engine - a move which is anticipated to give more accurate results, with more clarity as to the content of the result list. We're also using that engine to drive a new article tagging functionality...there is still a little refinement to be completed on that, including full retrospective indexing of old material, but, moving forward, each article will have a list of relevant tags on the bottom right which, when clicked, will take you to a results page of articles tagged with the same keyword.

Tags: #Website Announcement

Matt G

24 May 2015 :: Celebration Anaheim Photos, Day 3

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Click here for full gallery.

We're not quite done with Celebration Anaheim photos yet...today we're compiling a selection from the third day of the convention, with scenes from all around the event, featuring, in particular, costumers, props, and full-size sets.

Click through to see a full gallery of images from day 3... ...MORE

Tags: #Celebration Convention #Celebration Anaheim

Matt G
(with photo contributions by Rob C)

21 May 2015 :: 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

17 May 2015 :: Star Wars New Zealand on Flickr

Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer

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.

Tags: #Flickr

SWNZ-X1a

15 May 2015 :: Free Lego A-Wing with the May Issue of KZone Magazine

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As well as containing a brief "May the Fourth" feature, the May 2015 issue of KZone magazine also comes with a Lego Star Wars miniature A-Wing model. The magazine is priced at $6.90, and a plentiful supply has been spotted at each of the Wellington New World grocery stores. Hopefully, they'll be easily found at most other supermarkets and magazine stores throughout the country. A special thanks goes to Michael_Lee over in the forums for giving us the heads-up on this one!

Tags: #Lego #KZone

Archon Revuge

14 May 2015 :: Postcards from Naboo (Updated)

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Nine years ago SWNZ posted an article and photo gallery from Villa Balbianello, the Italian location where a number of 'Attack of the Clones' scenes were filmed. The average computer screen resolution has come along way in the past decade, so it was time to go back to the original photos and update that popular article with higher-resolution pictures...

A significant part of the impact of the Star Wars movies stems from a deliberate attention to detail. This is reflected in the appearance of props, costumes, sets and locations. A diverse multitude of planets are represented across the six Star Wars movies - careful scouting and selection of unique filming locations has formed the backdrop in this rich and convincing fictitious galaxy. In the original trilogy we saw Tatooine based on the Tunisian desert (reprised in the prequel films); the battlegrounds of Hoth based on snowfields of Norway; and the forest moon of Endor, based on the redwood forests of northern California; amongst other worldwide destinations. One of the new planets seen in the prequel trilogy, Naboo, acquires its natural and engineered style and tone from locations in Italy and Spain. Over the last few days we have been lucky enough to visit a region of Italy that is home to the lake region of Naboo... ...MORE

Tags: #Naboo #Villa del Balbianello #Attack of the Clones

Matt G

13 May 2015 :: DeAgostini 'Build the Millennium Falcon'

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DeAgostini are a well known part-works magazine publisher - in the past, they have issued a few Star Wars titles, including the Star Wars Fact Files and Official Star Wars Figurine Collection series. Their next offering gives subscribers the opportunity to build a highly accurate, studio scale (32") Millennium Falcon over the course of a couple of years. The magazine has been released in the UK and the US, and we have solid confirmation that it will make its way to New Zealand's shores...we may have a wait of a few months yet, but that gives us all the opportunity to consider the investment and make an informed decision. Follow through to the SWNZ Forums to read more about this upcoming product... ...MORE

Tags: #Millennium Falcon #DeAgostini #Magazine

Matt G

08 May 2015 :: The Force Awakens Costumes and Props (Updated)

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We previously shared some coverage of the Celebration Anaheim Episode 7 costume exhibit. That gallery has since been updated and now features 135 categorised images.

One of the most popular ongoing exhibits at the Star Wars Celebration Anaheim convention was a collection of costumes and props from the upcoming Star Wars film, Episode 7 aka The Force Awakens. This attraction was in fact an unexpected addition to the Celebration offerings, only being revealed a day or two in advance of the event opening... ...MORE

Tags: #The Force Awakens #Celebration Convention #Celebration Anaheim #Props #Costumes

Matt G

07 May 2015 :: Celebration Anaheim Photos, Day 2

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We're continuing with our organisation of our Star Wars Celebration Anaheim photo galleries. Shortly we'll also include some themed focus galleries, but at the moment, we're getting everything online in chronological order. Images from day two on the exhibition floor include more costumers, visits/returns to the booths of The Prop Store, Fantasy Flight Games, Gentle Giant Ltd, Anovos, miscellaneous dealers (including many traders of vintage merchandise), and snapshots from the Rebel Legion costuming group's outdoor mass photo. We managed to get in to the Episode 7 costume and prop exhibit without experiencing the extrordinary queue times some people suffered through...the full collection of those photos are being organised in a separate gallery.

Click through to see a full gallery of images from day 2... ...MORE

Tags: #Celebration Convention #Celebration Anaheim

Matt G

06 May 2015 :: 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

Tags: #The Kessel Runway #Apparel #Fashion #Jewelry

Anaria


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