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01 Apr 2015 :: Collector Spotlight: Cam B

Collector Spotlight: Cam B

From the selection of SWNZ Feature Articles (Jun 2004): My first Star Wars memory in life is also my first memory, full-stop. I was 3 and my Mum bought me Power Droid from the supermarket (!) I didn't know what the heck it was but knew it was the... ...MORE

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27 Mar 2015 :: The New Zealand Collection

R2D2 Space Ice WrapperToltoys Death StarConfection ConceptsPizza Hut Box, 199912-packKelloggs Muesli Bar Box and Stickers

If you are new to SWNZ's audience, you might be interested to examine the full scope and content of one of its main (and continually being updated) subsections, The New Zealand Collection: Because of its isolated location, New Zealand has traditionally not seen much in the way of locally exclusive toys or collectibles. This has appeared to change somewhat over time with the globalisation of merchandising (i.e., we are exposed to licensed items from large, international corporations like Pepsi and KFC), but the costs involved in niche licensing still limit our truly exclusive pickings compared to larger countries, in particular the USA.

Having said that we do in fact have quite an interesting history of unique product harking right back to the very beginning...1977. Geographic isolation and modest population numbers have influenced the story of NZ Star Wars collectibles in other ways: some items and sets were produced in small numbers only, and have become quite sought after due to their rarity.

This New Zealand Collection section chronicles such collectibles... ...MORE

Matt G

26 Mar 2015 :: NZ Woman's Weekly Star Wars Comic Updates

New Zealand Woman's Weekly, 20 Aug 1979New Zealand Woman's Weekly, 20 Aug 1979

Click here for full gallery.

We've completed the first phase of a 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. You can view a digital archive of the full opening story, "The Constancia Affair" in the New Zealand Woman's Weekly Comic Strips here.

Matt G

25 Mar 2015 :: 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:

  - We've completed the first phase of a comprehensive update of the scans and ... ...MORE
  - Another product by Park Avenue (Australia), this time from Countdown ... ...MORE
  - 3 new Easter egg sets are available at The Warehouse (NZ). They are made by UK ... ...MORE
  - Even more varieties of Star Wars Easter eggs have been found at The Warehouse ... ...MORE
  - A press release from Disney confirms the following events at Celebration ... ...MORE
  - From Rebelscum.com: The net has been a buzz the last few days because it was ... ...MORE
  - Join fellow Ahsoka Tano fans by wearing something Ahsoka themed for a group ... ...MORE
  - Toltoys are an Australasian toy brand associated with many early Star Wars ... ...MORE

Matt G

24 Mar 2015 :: Another Star Wars Easter Egg in NZ

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After years of there being zero Star Wars Easter eggs at local retailers, it's pleasantly surprising to see so many in New Zealand stores. This new one by Park Avenue (Australia) can be found in Countdown supermarkets for $10.

You can discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Matt G

23 Mar 2015 :: 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 novel "Tarkin" by prolific Star Wars author James Luceno).

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

22 Mar 2015 :: 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, $33.84.
  - Star Wars Costumes - The Original Trilogy, $65.66.
  - Razor's Edge, paperback, $10.89.
  - Rebel Journal by Ezra Bridger, hardback, $14.51.
  - LEGO Star Wars Brickmaster Battle for the Stolen Crystals, hardback, $29.89.
  - X-Wing: X-Wing Expansion Pack, $16.10.
  - X-Wing: Tantive IV Expansion Pack, $89.88.
  - Darth Plagueis, paperback $12.74.
  - A New Dawn, paperback, $13.91.
  - Heir to the Jedi, hardback $33.43.
  - Honor Among Thieves, paperback, $10.89.
  - Star Wars: Omnibus Volume 1: The Original Marvel Years, hardback, $128.18.
  - Ultimate Star Wars, hardback, $48.49.
  - Lords of the Sith, hardback, $33.94.

You can view their full range of Star Wars titles here.

Matt G

21 Mar 2015 :: More Star Wars Easter Eggs in NZ

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Following on from our February post about Star Wars Easter products showing up at The Warehouse branches, that same retailer is now stocking three new items, from UK-based company Kinnerton (thanks to SWNZ forum member Mike L for the scoop). Kinnerton is a confectionery company that guarantees its products are nut-free/nut-allergy safe.

The three new packaged items all include a single egg (of the same size). One product also includes a small chocolate bar ($8), one comes with a Star Wars-branded ceramic mug ($8), and the third comes with a plastic drink bottle and snack container ($18).

Discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Matt G

20 Mar 2015 :: 'Rebels' Screening and Events Confirmed For Celebration

Rebels season 2 promo image

A press release from Disney confirms the following events at Celebration Anaheim next month:

SATURDAY, APRIL 18th

11:00 AM - Noon: "Star Wars Rebels" Panel (Location: Celebration Stage / The Arena)
Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM: "Star Wars Rebels" Season Two Global Premiere Screening (Location: Digital Stage, 3rd Floor / Ballroom 300)
Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.

You can discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Matt G

19 Mar 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 gallery from the EP7 teaser trailer here.

Matt G

18 Mar 2015 :: Coming Soon - Toltoys Company History Updates

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Toltoys are an Australasian toy brand associated with many early Star Wars toys and collectibles. Coming soon on www.SWNZ.co.nz, we'll be presenting a comprehensive update of our articles on that company, based on a 1983 company précis and memos to retailers.

Matt G

17 Mar 2015 :: Affiliate Update - MightyApe.co.nz Stocktake Sale

MightyApe currently has its stocktake sale on. Products are reduced to clear; many are on sale at below cost. We've listed out a sampling of their reduced price Star Wars items on the SWNZ Forums here.

You can review the full listing of stocktake discounts at this link.

Matt G

17 Mar 2015 :: Celebration Anaheim Discussion

We have just hit the one-month mark in the Celebration Anaheim countdown. 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

17 Mar 2015 :: 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

13 Mar 2015 :: The Early George Lucas + Disney Relationship (1955-1987)

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In October of 2012, Disney formally announced its acquisition of Lucasfilm from George Lucas for a sum of US$4.05 billion. This set off a sequence of developments that looks to keep the Star Wars universe entertaining us for many decades to come. This was not the first interaction between The Walt Disney Company and Mr Lucas, however. Looking back, there have been a few significant projects including a couple of Star Tours park ride iterations, and prior to that, the production of Captain EO in 1986. Lucas' love for Disney, however, harks right back to 1955, when a young and impressionable George first attended the newly opened theme park... ...MORE

Matt G

12 Mar 2015 :: The Force Awakens Tie-In Publications Announced

Yesterday, Disney Publishing Worldwide and Lucasfilm announced the upcoming release of a series of publications that will fall under the banner "Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens". All up, there will be around twenty titles going to print, with the first of these being released in the US fall of 2015.

Among the titles announced so far are Star Wars: Aftermath, Lost Stars, Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo Adventure, The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure, and Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure. According to Andrew Sugerman, executive vice president of Disney Publishing Worldwide, all titles published under Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be canonical within the Star Wars universe and in-continuity with the Star Wars films, animated series, new books, and Marvel comics.

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12 Mar 2015 :: Affiliate Link - The Kessel Runway

The Kessel Runway

SWNZ partner site The Kessel Runway is a blog that is updated daily with news and reviews of women's Star Wars apparel and fashion accessories. Check it out at www.TheKesselRunway.com or on Facebook/thekesselrunway.

Matt G

11 Mar 2015 :: 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:

  - Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game: Imperial Raider Expansion Pack, $112.00.
  - Tarkin, hardback, $38.08.
  - X-Wing Miniatures Game: Rebel Aces Expansion Pack, $39.49.
  - Star Wars Rebels Story and Activity Book, $14.45.
  - A New Dawn: Star Wars (Star Wars), hardcover, $39.67.
  - X-Wing Miniatures Game: Yt-2400 Freighter Expansion Pack, $39.72.
  - Star Wars: Maul: Lockdown, paperback, $15.36.
  - X-Wing Miniatures Game: Z-95 Headhunter, $23.30.
  - X-Wing Miniatures Game: TIE Phantom, $34.60.
  - The Millennium Falcon Owner's Workshop Manual (Haynes Manuals), $43.00.
  - Lego Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary, $42.34.
  - Star Wars: Phonics Boxed Set, $20.16.
  - Star Wars: Complete Vehicles, $57.31.
  - Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan (Scholastic), $19.30.
  - The Last Jedi, paperback, $15.36.

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

Discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Matt G

10 Mar 2015 :: 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

09 Mar 2015 :: Coming Soon - NZ Woman's Weekly Star Wars Comic Updates

New Zealand Woman's Weekly, 20 Aug 1979The Constancia Affair

Coming soon on www.SWNZ.co.nz, we'll be presenting a 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.

Matt G

08 Mar 2015 :: How Star Wars Rebels is Binding the Galaxy Together

SkyWatch magazine, January

I'll be completely honest. I think Star Wars Rebels is one hell of a show. Judging by the excitement surrounding Monday night's season finale (US release), it seems that a lot of other Star Wars fans feel the same way.

There are a million and one reasons to love this series. In the space of just fourteen short episodes, Rebels has managed to develop an ensemble cast of characters that are both relatable, and utterly endearing. The visuals - while simpler than those of its predecessor, The Clone Wars - are nevertheless dynamic and stunning. Best of all, it manages to move flawlessly between moments of action, humour, and sober poignancy, while still capturing the sense of magic and adventure that made us first fall in love with Star Wars.

There are countless reviews online pointing all of this out. For me however, the real value of Rebels is something else entirely. It's the way in which this show is single-handedly binding the galaxy together.

When Disney purchased Lucasfilm back in 2012, they inherited three connected - yet very different - pieces of Star Wars visual media: the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy, and The Clone Wars animated series. While all of these were elements of a much larger story, this was sometimes lost to fans. Indeed, exactly what kind of fan you were depended on what you counted as being "true" Star Wars. Was it just the original films? Or was it the whole six-film saga? Was The Clone Wars merely a fun diversion, or did it hold a place that was just as important as any of the feature films?

In creating Rebels, it seems that Disney was keenly aware of this division. The show has, from the very outset, spent its time artfully weaving together the disparate parts of the Star Wars universe into one seamless tapestry. We've seen old friends return from both trilogies of films - many of whom have been reprised by their original actors. Now, one of the main protagonists from The Clone Wars looks set to enter the fray and have a huge impact on the future of the Rebellion.

The marrying of different elements of the Star Wars universe doesn't stop there. It's in the musical cues and cinematography, It's in the sight of a Clone Wars-era Republic Police Gunship alongside an Original Trilogy-era TIE Fighter. It's in the Joe Johnston and Ralph Macquarrie-inspired aesthetics that permeate every scene of the show. Now there are rumblings that Rebels may very well have deeper links to the upcoming sequel trilogy. If these rumours are true, then Rebels is - even more so - quickly becoming the key to the entire Star Wars universe. If, by some chance, you haven't yet indulged in this incredible show, now is the time to start.

Discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Archon Revuge

07 Mar 2015 :: 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

06 Mar 2015 :: Harrison Ford "OK" After Plane Crash

Harrison Ford as Han Solo

We are immensely pleased to hear that Harrison Ford's injuries aren't as severe as some entertainment news sites were reporting, after he piloted his World War II-era plane into a hard emergency landing when it suffered engine problems.

The New Zealand Herald has good coverage of the incident and its outcome. By all accounts, he did a great job of piloting the troubled aircraft to the ground without putting anyone else at risk.

Harrison's son, Ben Ford, has since posted on Twitter: "At the hospital. Dad is ok. Battered, but ok! He is every bit the man you would think he is. He is an incredibly strong man."

Matt G

06 Mar 2015 :: The Early George Lucas + Disney Relationship (1987)

'Disney News', Spring 1987

Coming soon on www.SWNZ.co.nz, we'll take a look the early George Lucas/Disney relationship, starting with their Star Tours collaboration circa 1987 - a story worth preserving for posterity and sharing, given the way things have panned out over the last couple of years.

Discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Matt G

05 Mar 2015 :: Star Wars Easter Eggs in NZ - On Sale

Star Wars Easter ProductsStar Wars Easter Products

The Warehouse is currently advertising 20 percent off ALL Licensed Character Easter Eggs (i.e., includes Star Wars buckets, now $12.80, and Bunny Troopers, now $6.40).

Discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Matt G

05 Mar 2015 :: Affiliate Update - IQToys.co.nz

iQToys

SWNZ affiliate iQ Toys is New Zealand's first online toy store (starting up way back in 1996). Their main utility for Star Wars collectors is their inventory of Star Wars Lego, but they also carry some Hasbro and other Star Wars products. On a more general note, if you're looking for gifts for children, their range of educational toys will give you much to choose from. All purchases from SWNZ affiliates help contribute to the ongoing costs of this website!

iQ Toys currently offer free shipping within New Zealand on orders over $49 (that threshold was recently reduced). Check out the following in stock Lego sets and other Star Wars products:

  - LEGO Star Wars - AT-DP 75083, $95.99.
  - LEGO Star Wars - Ezra's Speeder Bike 75090, $46.99.
  - LEGO Star Wars - Geonosis Troopers 75089, $24.49.
  - LEGO Star Wars - AAT 75080, $46.99.
  - LEGO Star Wars - Senate Commando Troopers 75088, $24.49.
  - LEGO Star Wars - ARC-170 Starfighter 75072, $17.49.
  - LEGO Star Wars - Vulture Droid 75073, $17.49.
  - LEGO Star Wars - Republic Gunship 75076, $17.49.
  - LEGO Star Wars - Wookiee Gunship 75084, $124.99.
  - LEGO Star Wars - The Ghost 75053, $165.99.

Matt G

02 Mar 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:

  - E-11 Counters... ...MORE
  - Store Reports / Latest Finds... ...MORE
  - WTB 13" Toltoys Boba Fett... ...MORE
  - Celebration 2015 (aka Celebration Anaheim, aka C-VII )... ...MORE
  - Vans x Star Wars... ...MORE
  - Haul Thread... ...MORE
  - eFX Scout Trooper Helmet delay... ...MORE
  - Happy New Year Everyone!... ...MORE

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

Matt G

28 Feb 2015 :: 'Rebels' AT-DP Vehicle

AT-DP art by Al Williamson, NZWW magazine May 1981'Rebels' AT-DP vehicle by Hasbro

Many of the vehicles and designs showing up in the Star Wars: Rebels animated series are based on the concept art that predates the respective movies of the original trilogy. The AT-DP walker vehicle, for instance, is based on AT-ST concept art by Joe Johnston. Some kiwi Star Wars fans might remember seeing this vehicle in other media - an interpretation by artist Al Williamson appeared in the New Zealand Women's Weekly magazine in May of 1981, in the weekly comic 1-page comic strip.

Matt G

26 Feb 2015 :: 3.75" Scale Playsets by 12th Parsec

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We've mentioned the group 12th Parsec before, when they ran an IndieGoGo campaign to launch their line of Endor-inspired modular playsets for displaying 3.75" scale action figures. They now have a permanent store at which you can browse their range of products, including their new Tatooine-esque "Desert Dens". Check them out at twelfthparsec.miiduu.com.

Matt G

25 Feb 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

24 Feb 2015 :: Star Wars Easter Eggs in NZ

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For the first time in...well, as long as I can remember, it looks like we have official Star Wars Easter Eggs in NZ! The above two items, from different companies (Park Avenue is an Aus company, and the bucket comes from Waikato Valley Chocolates Ltd) are stocked at The Warehouse, priced at $8 and $16 respectively.

Discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Matt G

23 Feb 2015 :: Star Wars Headlines from the Web

All the top Star Wars news.

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12 Feb 2015 :: 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

09 Feb 2015 :: Kiwi Custom Buildz

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Here at SWNZ we like seeing and sharing the different ways people approach and enjoy their Star Wars Hobbies. For example, Greyz & Hayleez at Kiwi Custom Buildz, aka KCB Collectables, spend their time building Star Wars figure dioramas and tricking out Star Wars vehicles with accurised details, improved paint jobs, and electronics/lighting. Check their Facebook page out here.

Matt G

07 Feb 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


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