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25 Apr 2014 :: Armageddon Auckland 2005

Armageddon Auckland 2005

From the selection of SWNZ Feature Articles: Armageddon Auckland, over the 2005 Labour weekend, featured all the usual comic, toy and electronic gadget stalls - interesting highlights included high-end 'Kong' collectibles from Weta, cheap... ...MORE

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22 Apr 2014 :: How To Join SWNZ

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

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

Matt G

21 Apr 2014 :: Star Wars Headlines - Alltop.com

All the top Star Wars news.

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

Matt G

19 Apr 2014 :: New S.W.O.R.A. Members

SWORA, The Star Wars Outer Rim Alliance, welcomes Tosche Station/Calgary Fan Force (Canada) to their network.

S.W.O.R.A. is a fan network, the purpose of which is to bring fans from different countries together and to enable them to share experiences, knowledge and information about their local STAR WARS activities. Check out the SWORA website at www.SWORA.info, and their Facebook page at Facebook.com/The.SWORA.

Matt G

18 Apr 2013 :: Star Wars Costuming in New Zealand

Interested in Rebel/"Good Guy" costuming in New Zealand? You can access or contact the Naboo Outpost of the Rebel Legion costuming club by the following means. Note that the main Rebel Legion website has undergone a major upgrade, released over the last couple of weeks. One of the changes involves and alteration to the forums URL, so that will need to be updated if you have visited or bookmarked it before:

Twitter: twitter.com/RebelLegionNZ
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RebelLegionNZ
Rebel Legion Forums: www.rebellegion.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=49
Rebel Legion Base Listing: www.rebellegion.com/base.php?b=36

Interested in Imperial/"Bad Guy" costuming in New Zealand? You can access or contact Outpost-42 of the 501st Legion costuming club by the following means:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Outpost42
Outpost-42 Website: nz501st.com
Outpost-42 Forums: nz501st.com/forum

Matt G

17 Apr 2014 :: Countdown to Celebration Anaheim

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There are now less than 365 days until the next Star Wars Celebration convention in Anaheim, California - making this a good time to take a look at the event from the perspective of an international traveler/attendee...

With the passing of the one year mark until Celebration Anaheim, there are more NZ fans considering making the journey in 2015. Celebration conventions have grown a lot since the first in 1999, and I believe next year will see the biggest and best convention yet. It won't be as close to a film release as previous Celebrations (Celebration 1-3 were held in April prior to the May release days of Episode 1-3), but I have no doubt the hype and excitement will be just as big. There are also many factors to its location in Anaheim that work well for NZ fans over previous locations in the United States.

Having attended Celebration 3, 4 and 6, I have seen a lot of changes in the Celebration conventions. The merchandise lines at C3 would take 3-6 hours to make it to the counter - a lot of items would be sold out by the time you had the chance to purchase anything. This has been greatly improved... ...MORE

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16 Apr 2014 :: Affiliate Update - Fishpond.co.nz

Annihilation (Star Wars: The Old Republic) Into the Void: Star Wars (Dawn of the Jedi) Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy Star Wars Logo Cufflinks Character World Star Wars Vader Sleeping Bag Party Product Funny Star Wars Princess  Leia Slave  Apron Character Costume Apron Cooking  Party Apron

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:

  - Annihilation (The Old Republic), paperback, $9.99.
  - Honor Among Thieves (Empire and Rebellion), hardback, $26.27.
  - Scoundrels, paperback, $9.99.
  - Into the Void (Dawn of the Jedi), paperback, $9.99.
  - Choices of One, paperback, $9.99.
  - Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy, preorder, $42.88.
  - Star Wars Logo Cufflinks, $14.97.
  - Star Wars Science Luke Skywalker Lightsaber Room Light, $31.97.
  - Character World Star Wars Vader Sleeping Bag, $38.95.
  - Star Wars: Ewoks - Shadows of Endor, paperback, $9.99.
  - Star Wars Darth Vader Baking Tray, $26.95.
  - Princess Leia Apron, $14.95.
  - Childrens/Kids Star Wars Saga Heroes Reversible Quilt/Duvet Cover Bedding Set (Single Bed) (Green/Black), $69.97.
  - Darth Vader Shaped Plush Cushion, $27.97.
  - Star Wars Art, hardback, $44.84.
  - Death Star Owner's Technical Manual: Imperial DS-1 Orbital Battle Station, hardback, $31.82.
  - Star Wars Lightsaber Toothbrush, $34.97.
  - Star Wars: Frames, hardback, 736 pages, $194.

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

Discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Matt G

15 Apr 2014 :: SWNZ Links Page

We're in the process of updating the SWNZ Links page, so are putting out a call for new links to consider for inclusion. What are your favourite Star Wars websites, under the following general categories, that you think it might be worthwhile promoting?

Personal sites (particularly of NZ fans/celebrities)
Online shopping (particularly ones that are local or have convenient international shipping)
New Zealand and Australia sci-fi clubs
News, collecting, and miscellaneous

We can't necessarily include everything, but am very interested to hear where everyone else spends getting their Star Wars fix online

Post your suggestions here.

Matt G

13 Apr 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

12 Apr 2014 :: Pop Kultcha Collectibles Market, Auckland

Pop Kultcha Collectibles Market, Auckland

The fourth Pop Kultcha Collectibles Market takes place in Auckland (Belmont, North Shore) on the 27th April. It features celebrity guest Peter Sumner, the Imperial officer from Star Wars who had the line "TK-421, why aren't you at your post?" - Peter will be signing autographs and doing a Q&A session.

Read more details on the Pop Kultcha FB page, and join in the discussion on the SWNZ Message Boards.

Matt G

10 Apr 2014 :: Featured Auction

Featured Auction

Looking for a Star Wars themed license plate to show off your passion for the fandom? Up for auction at the moment is the following personalised plate: WOOK1E. The auction closes on Saturday - check it out now.

Matt G

10 Apr 2014 :: Star Wars Movie Marathons

Star Wars Movie Marathons

Details about the Star Wars movie marathons taking place up and down the country on the 3rd and 4th of May are starting to be released, and we are expecting confirmation of screening times very shortly. Keep an eye on the following cinema info pages, and we'll also update here when a solid screening schedule comes to light.

Update 1:14pm - pricing for Event Cinemas, and pricing, cinemas, and session times for Hoyts cinemas are up now: link

  - Event Cinemas, prequel trilogy
  - Event Cinemas, original trilogy
  - Hoyts Cinemas

More discussion is also up on the SWNZ forums.

Matt G

31 Mar 2014 :: 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 Star Wars Hasbro product. 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 $99. Check out the following in stock Lego sets and other Star Wars products:

  - Star Wars the Ultimate Visual Guide (hardback), $36.00.
  - DK Lego Star Wars Ultimate Sticker Collection, $19.99.
  - LEGO Star Wars - Jedi Defender-Class Corvette 75025, $154.99.
  - LEGO Star Wars Brickmaster, $39.99.
  - LEGO Star Wars - AT-RT 75002, $46.29.
  - LEGO Star Wars - AT-TE 75019, $156.99.
  - Star Wars - Jedi Academy, $11.89.
  - LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, $33.99.
  - Play-Doh Playset - Star Wars, $12.99.
  - LEGO Star Wars - Z-95 Headhunter 75004, $84.99.
  - Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game, $58.99.
  - LEGO Star Wars - Star Destroyer Microfighter 75033, $17.89.
  - LEGO Star Wars - Jabba's Palace 9516, $199.99.

Matt G

19 Mar 2014 :: EP7 Mentioned on Stuff.co.nz

Local news site Stuff.co.nz reiterates today's news, published earlier on StarWars.com, that Walt Disney Co.'s chief executive officer Bob Iger has confirmed that Star Wars Episode 7 will take place 30 years after Return of the Jedi, that a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces, and that filming would begin in May at London's famed Pinewood studios. You can read Stuff.co.nz's article here (their title reflects the frustration that the internet has been awash with unfounded speculation on the topic, but this information at least comes from a solid source). I imagine that, with filming to commence but a couple of months away, we can expect to see much more in the way of casting and production details in the very near future.

Join in with other kiwi Star Wars fans discussing Episode 7 news and rumours on the SWNZ Message Boards: Star Wars: Episode VII - [Title Forthcoming] *SPOILERS*.

Matt G

19 Mar 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

05 Mar 2014 :: Endor Playset Trees at Indiegogo

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A group called Twelfth Parsec have started an Indiegogo campaign to produce "custom Star Wars( Endor Forest Ewok) Tree Huts Play/Collector's Sets...they fit perfectly to scale to display your 3.75-inch figures on or use for a play-set. Space Trees are endlessly customizable for any collector, fan, or anyone who loves amazing displays that are inspired by and for use along side 3.75-inch figures of Star Wars or any variations of this figure size."

Check out the campaign details here, and join their Facebook page here.

More discussion is also up on the SWNZ forums.

Matt G

04 Mar 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

21 Feb 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

20 Feb 2014 :: Star Wars Headlines from the Web

All the top Star Wars news.

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19 Feb 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. Their catalog covers many categories and many budget levels. For the high-end items, you have the added benefit of avoiding international shipping and customs/duty fees. The following are selected items from their "most popular" list (prices are correct at time of writing):

  - Star Wars Bath Robe, $99.99
  - Scalextric Star Wars Death Star Attack 1/64 Slot Race Set, $199.99
  - LEGO Star Wars - Death Star (10188), $899.99
  - Star Wars Plush Vehicle 17cm - Death Star, $24.99
  - Star Wars R2-D2 Figure Bank, $49.99
  - Star Wars Yoda Beanie, $34.99
  - Star Wars Clone Commander Fox Exclusive Action Figure, $234.99
  - Star Wars Darth Maul Spider Statue, $579.99
  - Star Wars Luke Skywalker Force FX Removable Blade Lightsaber Replica, $269.99
  - Star Wars C-3PO and R2-D2 Premium Format Figure Set, $1199.99
  - Star Wars The Card Game - Assult on Echo Base, $24.99
  - Star Wars: Battlefront (PS4, pre-order), $108.00
  - Scalextric Start Star Wars Battle of Endor 1/32 Slot Race Set, $249.99
  - Star Wars Clone Wars Season 1-5 Box Set, $259.99
  - Star Wars 280ml Glass Set 4, $29.99
  - Star Wars Business Card Case Storm Trooper, $47.99
  - Star Wars Boba Fett Mythos Statue, $539.99
  - Star Wars 3.5" Action Figure - Kithaba (Skiff Guard), $19.99
  - Star Wars X-Wing - Imperial Aces, miniatures game, $49.99

You can review their Star Wars selection at this link.

Matt G

19 Feb 2014 :: 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
  - IQ Toys
  - Amazon
  - The Book Depository

Matt G

17 Feb 2014 :: Collector Spotlights - We Want You!

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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

16 Feb 2014 :: SWNZ Message Boards - Hot Topics

SWNZ Message Boards

If you want to join in on the discussions about Star Wars hobbies in New Zealand, the SWNZ Forums (www.SWNZForums.co.nz) are the place for you - it's an efficient and interactive way to keep up to date with the latest news, and to participate in a variety of Star Wars-related threads. The following are amongst the recent active topics:

  - New/upcoming figure/vehicle discussions (New York Toy Fair discussion)
  - 1977 Topps Blue SW cards
  - 'Star Wars Rebels' animated series
  - Female stormtrooper armour build
  - A few of my favorite things
  - Clone Wars animated series
  - May the 4th Star Wars Marathons
  - At-At invade!
  - Lego Movie

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

Matt G

15 Feb 2014 :: Star Wars Cali (Colombia) - Alan Flying Interview

The following interview with Pam Rose (Leesub Sirln) has been contributed by Star Wars Cali (Colombia): English version, versión Español.

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

Matt G

13 Feb 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

12 Feb 2014 :: Star Wars Big Screen Marathons

SWNZ Message Boards

The Walt Disney Company has issued the following press release: In celebration of the global Star Wars fan holiday, May the 4th, all six films from the epic space saga will be returning to movie theatres in Digital 2D across New Zealand on May 3rd and May 4th, 2014. "May the 4th Be With You" is the official Star Wars holiday created for the fans, by the fans, to celebrate their love of the galaxy far, far away.

On Saturday, May 3rd, the following movies will be shown:
Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith

On Sunday, May 4th, the following movies will be shown:
Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi

Single-day tickets will be available for either Episodes I-III and/or Episodes IV-VI. Location details and session times for the "Star Wars May the 4th Be With You" Movie Marathon will be announced at a future date.

More details/discussion are up on the SWNZ forums.

Matt G


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