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31 Aug 2015 :: "Force Friday" SWNZ Discount, Albany Toyworld

Toyworld Albany

NZ will be the first country in the world to officially see the Episode 7 toys in retail stores on Sept 4th. A number of stores will be having midnight opening events. Included among these is the Albany Toyworld branch, who are offering a 15% discount to SWNZ members and fans...printable coupon and more details at this link.

Tags: #Force Friday #Toyworld

Matt G

31 Aug 2015 :: "Force Friday" SWNZ Discount, Sylvia Park Toyworld

Toyworld Sylvia Park

NZ will be the first country in the world to officially see the Episode 7 toys in retail stores on Sept 4th. A number of stores will be having midnight opening events. Included among these is Toyworld at Sylvia Park, who are offering a 15% discount to SWNZ members and fans...printable coupon and more details at this link.

Tags: #Force Friday #Toyworld

Matt G

29 Aug 2015 :: SWNZ News Digest

Here's this weeks New Digest, collating all of the latest official Star Wars news headlines and links through to sources where you can read more.

Empire Magazine collectible The Force Awakens covers.
Empire Magazine revealed two collectible The Force Awakens covers for their upcoming September issue, and have fans puzzled by the apparent mistaken use of Original Trilogy elements. Empire also released a new image of Kylo Ren, and two behind the scenes shots of Finn. Dark Side cover; Light Side cover; Subscribers's exclusive cover.

Bringing BB-8 to life.
StarWars.com posted an article about bringing BB-8 to life for filming The Force Awakens, and the live appearance at Celebration Anaheim. StarWars.com article.

New 15 second The Force Awakens teaser clip.
The official Star Wars Instagram posted a new 15 second teaser clip, which included new shots of Rey, BB-8 and Finn. StarWars.com article; StarWars.com Instagram post.

Battlefront tie-in novel cover art revealed.
StarWars.com revealed the cover for the upcoming Battlefront game tie-in novel 'Battlefront: Twilight Company', as well as the patch design used by the members of 'Twilight Company'. StarWars.com article

New Battlefront promotional images and Sandtrooper themed gaming headset.
Entertainment Arts released two new images for the upcoming Battlefront game, while Turtle Beach has released a licensed Battlefront Sandtrooper themed gaming headset (Mighty Ape has limited quantities available for pre-order in New Zealand). EA.com article; MightyApe store link.

Star Wars comes to Minecraft.
The Playstation Blog announced the release of official Star Wars skins for Minecraft. Over 70 new Star Wars skins are now available in the Playstation Store, bundled in two packs - 'Classic' and 'Rebels'. Playstation.com blog.

US premiere date announced for Rebels season 2.
StarWars.com announced the date of October 14th for the US premier of Star Wars Rebels season 2, along with a clip from an upcoming episode. StarWars.com article; video clip.

Star Wars collectible unboxing video marathon.
For fans of product unboxing videos, StarWars.com announced a massive 18-hour live global unboxing youtube marathon on September 3rd (starting 7.45am Sydney, Australia local time) as a countdown to Force Friday. StarWars.com article.

Tags: #News Digest #SWNZ Digest

Anaria

26 Aug 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 few 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

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

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NZ will be the first country in the world to officially see the Episode 7 toys in retail stores on Sept 4th...a little over a week away now. Check the SWNZ Forums for details on which stores will be having a midnight opening event: store list. Note also that Toyworld Sylvia Park have offered a 15% discount to SWNZ members and fans of the SWNZ Facebook page for the duration of Force Friday (coupon required, details here).

Tags: #Force Friday #The Force Awakens

Matt G

23 Aug 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

22 Aug 2015 :: SWNZ News Digest

The last week has seen a rush of Star Wars news coming from various sources, and we don't expect it to slow down much over the next few months. To help you keep up, the following is a digest of the headlines and links through to sources where you can read more.

Upcoming Star Wars additions to Disney Theme Parks.
While Star Wars is already a part of the North American Disney theme parks with the popular Star Tours ride and Jedi Training Academy live shows, at the recent Disney D23 Expo Disney CEO Bob Iger announced a huge 'Star Wars Land' expansion for both Disneyland and Disney World. An interactive 'Star Wars Launch Bay' area will open at both parks later this year and a new Star Wars seasonal event was also announced. Summary article.

Episode 8 director announced.
Lucasfilm ended speculation with the announcement that director Colin Trevorrow has officially signed on to direct Episode 8. A relative newcomer, Trevorrow's recent work includes Jurassic World and Safety Not Guaranteed. StarWars.com article.

Rogue One cast announcements and first photo.
Lucasfilm released our first official look at the cast of Rogue One with a great on-set photo. The previously announced lead actress Felicity Jones is joined by Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Jian Wen and Riz Ahmed. Also announced (but not pictured in the cast photo) were Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, and Alan Tudyk. StarWars.com article.

Limited Edition Darth Vader PS4 console.
Playstation revealed their upcoming limited edition Darth Vader PS4 console, which will come bundled with the new Star Wars Battlefront game, as well as four older classic Star Wars games. The console is already available for pre-order in New Zealand, with a local release date of 19th November. Playstation.com blog; MightyApe preorder.

Covergirl x Star Wars makeup announced.
Cosmetics company Covergirl announced a Star Wars make-up collection, in collaboration with sister company Max Factor. Hitting shelves later this year, the range includes lipstick, nail polish and mascara, with a light side versus dark side theme. Covergirl Tumblr.

Han Solo's age in stand alone film.
While fans still discuss their casting choices for the lead actor, Kathleen Kennedy confirms Han Solo will be in his late teens/early twenties in the film. EW.com article.

New photos in Entertainment Weekly (luggabeast) + article links.
Entertainment Weekly released a lot of new information and photos from The Force Awakens, in a series of articles and interviews. StarWars.com article; EW.com intro; EW.com gallery; EW.com on Han Solo; EW.com with JJ Abrams; EW.com on character names; EW.com with Simon Pegg; EW.com on Kylo Ren; EW.com with JJ Abrams on Luke Skywalker; EW.com on Ralph McQuarrie.

Korean EP7 trailer/new EP7 shot.
A new edit of the recent The Force Awakens teaser trailer was released by the official Star Wars Korea youtube channel - it begins with a brand new shot of The First Order troops and vehicles. The official Star Wars Google+ and Twitter accounts also released a still from the new scene. Youtube.com link; official Star Wars Twitter photo; official Star Wars Google+.

Rise of the Empire book - contains A New Dawn, Tarkin and 3 new short stories.
A new Star Wars compilation book was announced, which will include the previously released 'A New Dawn' and 'Tarkin' novels, together with three brand new short stories. Priced at NZ$19.99 the paperback is available locally for pre-order from Mighty Ape (due for release 6th October). StarWars.com article; Mighty Ape preorder.

Tags: #News Digest #SWNZ Digest

Anaria

20 Aug 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, as well as from the San Diego Comic Con behind-the-scenes footage.

Tags: #The Force Awakens

Matt G

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

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NZ will be the first country in the world to officially see the Episode 7 toys in retail stores on Sept 4th. Check the SWNZ Forums to see which stores will be having a midnight opening event: store list.

That post will be updated with additional details as they come to hand.

Tags: #Force Friday #The Force Awakens

Matt G

17 Aug 2015 :: D23 Expo Disneyland News

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Disney held their bi-annual D23 Expo this past weekend, and as expected the event's panels brought many great announcements. During the theme park panel Disney Company CEO Bob Iger announced a huge Star Wars Land expansion for both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. To summarize this amazing news -

  - A 'Star Wars Land' will be built at both North American theme parks (Disneyland and Walt Disney World)
  - With 14 acres for each park, this is Disney's largest single-land themed expansion ever
  - A new planet from Episode 7 will be added to the existing 'Star Tours' ride at both parks later this year
  - 'Star Wars Launch Bay' will open at both parks later this year, with elements from the first 6 films and Episode 7
  - 'Season of the Force' event will be held at both parks in early 2016, with special entertainment and themed food
  - Disneyland's Space Mountain attraction will become 'Hyperspace Mountain' during 'Season of the Force'
  - Walt Disney World will feature a Star Wars fireworks display during 'Season of the Force' (on weekends)
  - Jedi Training Academy will feature new characters and a new villain to battle from 'Star Wars: Rebels'

This newly announced future expansion will let fans visit a never before seen Star Wars planet from the outer rim - it wasn't specified if this describes a new planet created for Disney parks, an existing planet that hasn't been depicted visually, or a planet from an upcoming film that fans haven't seen yet. The teaser footage showed a fairly green planet, with architecture reminiscent of Theed on Naboo - though it's unclear just how far through concept development these expansions are. This new area will be completely 'in story' - the staff/crew members will interact with park attendees in character, so fans will really feel like they've stepped off a starship on to a new planet. The expansion at both parks will include two new signature attractions... ...MORE

Tags: #Disney #Disneyland #Walt Disney World #D23 Expo #Star Tours

Anaria

16 Aug 2015 :: Park Avenue Character Cookie Magnets

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The character cookie multipacks from Australian company Park Avenue (who also bought us an array of Easter products a few months back) contain small, collectible magnets (approximately 5cm x 4cm in size, one per 10-pack). There are apparently 24 in total in the set, but, slightly confusingly, the visual checklist on the back of the multipack doesn't fully match some of the magnets we have in hand at this point.

Stat tuned for a full review article of all the collectible components from this food product line.

Tags: #Cookies #Food Premium #Park Avenue

Matt G

15 Aug 2015 :: Entertainment Weekly Releases New Images of The Force Awakens

Entertainment Weekly

Within the last couple of days, Entertainment Weekly has released a swath of new images from The Force Awakens to coincide with their upcoming spread. Some of the photos had previously been spotted at official TFA panels, but others are completely unseen. The highlight is perhaps our first glimpse of Teedo - a character who rides something called a "luggabeast" (adorned with strangely familiar armour) and presumably has a pivotal interaction with BB-8. High resolution versions of all of these images are now available over at superhero.com.

Entertainment Weekly's coverage includes some great conversations with both J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan. The pair give us a unique glimpse into the production of the film as well as some insight into the current political state of the Star Wars galaxy and a surprise reveal that the mysterious Kylo Ren was not actually born with that name.

This issue of Entertainment Weekly will be on shelves in the US by the end of the week, and will most likely hit New Zealand shores some time in September.

Tags: #Entertainment Weekly #Magazine #The Force Awakens

Archone Revuge

11 Aug 2015 :: Affiliate Update - MightyApe.co.nz

SWNZ affiliate MightyApe.co.nz is one of New Zealand's most popular and successful online retailers. They are a great source of a wide range of Star Wars products. The following are selected items from their most recently stocked items (prices are correct at time of writing):

  - LEGO Star Wars: Death Star Final Duel (75093), $159.99
  - LEGO Star Wars: Imperial Shuttle Tydirium (75094), $179.99
  - LEGO Star Wars: Naboo Starfighter (75092), $119.99
  - LEGO Star Wars: Flash Speeder (75091), $69.99
  - K-3PO Pop! Vinyl Bobble Figure, $19.99
  - Luke Tatooine Pop! Vinyl Bobble Figure, $19.99
  - Leia Boushh Pop! Vinyl Bobble Figure, $19.99
  - Tie Fighter Pilot Pop! Vinyl Bobble Figure, $19.99
  - Han & Chewie Foam Trucker Cap, $34.99
  - Millenium Falcon Foam Trucker Cap, $34.99
  - Star Wars Choose A Side A5 Notebook, $9.99
  - A New Hope A5 Notebook, $17.99
  - Stormtroopers 3D Lenticular A5 Notebook, $17.99
  - Stormtrooper Stationery Set, $14.99

You can review their full Star Wars selection at this link.

Tags: #Store Report #Mighty Ape

Matt G

10 Aug 2015 :: Store Report - Misc Items at The Warehouse

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Here are the latest random item finds at branches of The Warehouse. First, there are a range of ceramic mugs, both printed and figural designs. The discussion on our Facebook page suggests these are quite popular. Second, from Australian company Park Avenue, who bought us many Easter Egg products a few months back, are multipacks of Star Wars character cookies, for $3.99, including collectible magnets. We'll take a closer look at these cookies and the pack-in magnets shortly. These cookie packs have also been seen at some supermarkets.

Tags: #Store Report #The Warehouse

Matt G

05 Aug 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.

Tags: #Store Report #Message Boards

Matt G

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

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We first revealed information about "Force Friday", September 4th, a few days ago. It's worth reiterating for those who missed it on the first pass, as today marks one month until the initial waves of The Force Awakens products from Hasbro are scheduled to hit retail, including at some midnight events.

Keep up to date with the details of New Zealand Force Friday events, and join in the discussion on the SWNZ Message Boards.

Tags: #Force Friday #The Force Awakens

Matt G

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

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:

  - Force Friday, Sept 4 in NZ... ...MORE
  - Change in Life Situation: Selling Gentle Giant / Sideshow... ...MORE
  - New/upcoming figure/vehicle discussions... ...MORE
  - Photos of Your Collection/Displays... ...MORE
  - The Micro Machines Appreciation Thread... ...MORE
  - Yoda prop wip... ...MORE
  - Store Reports / Latest Finds (2015...)... ...MORE
  - Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens *SPOILERS*... ...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

Reel Collectibles Fishpond Online Shopping Mighty Ape 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
  - 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.

SWNZ-X1a

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

New Zealand Woman's Weekly, 08 Oct 1979New Zealand Woman's Weekly, 15 Oct 1979

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


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