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From the selection of SWNZ Feature Articles:
The gamut of Toltoys-branded Star Wars merchandise included action figures, vehicles and playsets, board games, electronic games, plush characters, Star Wars Play-Doh, jigsaw puzzles, the Give-a-... ...MORE
This coming Saturday is International Free Comic Book Day...check out your local comic book store for, as the event name suggests, free comic books, including a Star Wars edition.
Some stores will be working with costuming groups, guest artists, and fan clubs to add to the entertainment. I believe that, amongst others, you will be able to see Star Wars costumers at Heroes For Sale on Karangahape Road in Auckland, and Arkham Comics in Royal Oak.
More updates to articles in the NZ Collection section...today we include a new picture of a Pizza Hut box from 1999... ...MORE
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:
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:
Outpost-42 Website: nz501st.com
Outpost-42 Forums: nz501st.com/forum
'New Zealand Fossickers and Collectors' magazine is a new local publication for, as the name suggests, kiwi collectors and treasure hunters.
We mention it here in case for those whose collecting passion extends beyond Star Wars, ...and because I have it on good authority that future issues will contain content on Star Wars collecting.
Look for it in your local bookstore, or follow through to the SWNZ Message Boards to find subscription details... ...MORE
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 popular topics and sections:
- Pepakura & Fibreglass Trooper Suit - work in progress
- ANH Darth Vader, Limited Edition
- SDS Armour & Stunt Helmet
- Archon Revuge's OGA Stormtrooper Armour Build
- Store Reports / Latest Finds
- ANH DARTH VADER HELMET - LEGEND EDITION SOLD OUT
- Glue for armor
- Star Wars at MightyApe.co.nz
Come on over and join in the conversation! Read the 'Welcome' message for more details.
This exclusive pic and info comes in from Yodasnews.com:
New Gentle Giant Jumbo Figures High Resolution Card back! Last week ten new Gentle Giant 12" Jumbo Kenner Action Figures were shown on the back of the Gamorrean Guard card and today we are happy to share with you exclusively the super high resolution card back (this is the actual card back artwork from Gentle Giant LTD!) Check out the AT-AT Driver, Rebel Soldier, Dengar, IG-88, 4-LOM, Zuckuss, Snowtrooper, Han & Luke Hoth and Bespin Luke in a clear crisp high resolution image below!
Please note, the image is very large...it may also take a minute or so to download depending on your connection speed.
Fishpond.co.nz's range of Star Wars products covers most collectible types, including a number of harder-to-find, and/or older items. Don't forget to check their free shipping (in NZ) offer too:
- Class II Attack Vehicles - Sith Infiltrator, $67.99.
- Kotobukiya - The Clone Wars ARTFX+ Ahsoka Tano statuette, $99.97.
- Kotobukiya Star Wars: Emperor's Royal Guard ArtFX+ Statue, 2-Pack, $106.
- LEGO Star Wars Republic Frigate (7964), $271.
- Star Wars Boba Fett Inflatable Jetpack, $47.99.
- Gentle Giant Studios Kenner Walrus Man 12" Action Figure, $179.00.
- LEGO Star Wars Super Star Destroyer (10221), $699.00.
- The Clone Wars Exclusive 3.75" Action Figure Pack Featuring Nightsister , Darth Maul And Savage Opress, $36.99.
- LEGO - Star Wars 10188 Death Star, $639.00.
- Star Wars Angry Birds Jenga Death Star Game, $62.99.
- Star Wars Blanket, $76.99.
- LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon (7965), $233.00.
- Kotobukiya Star Wars Boba Fett ArtFX+ Statue, $109.00.
- Star Wars Battle Over Endor Pilot Box Set - 1 of 2, $63.99.
- LEGO Star Wars Republic Striker-Class Starfighter (9497), $86.99.
Check out Fishpond's full range of Star Wars products by clicking here.
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The following update comes in from Yodasnews.com:
Yodasnews.com Kicks off Nine Year Anniversary Celebration:
For nine years, we have proudly brought our readers daily news (over 16,680 articles) - both relevant and quirky-from all corners of the Star Wars universe. We have brought extensive coverage from many convention floors. We have published in-depth Star Wars product reviews, in hand product video reviews and more. We have rewarded our loyal readers with dozens of giveaways.
Starting today and for the entire month of February, Yodasnews is celebrating its ninth anniversary. These milestones are always a deeply rewarding experience for our dedicated staff because they mark another year that we helped keep the spirit of our beloved franchise alive and shared it with you, our readers. As with previous anniversaries, we will be giving away TONS of amazing prizes for both casual readers and forum members, and there will be special events that will test your creativity, competitive trivia nights, and much more.
Some of the items up for grabs include:
- eFx Luke Skywalker ANH Helmet (Artist Proof)
- Chris Trevas "The Hunter and His Prey" Print
- Sideshow Collectibles PF Stormtrooper Statue
- Chris Trevas "His Vision Returns" Print
- Kotobukiya Darth Vader Art FX
- An Apprentice Membership to Rancho Obi-Wan
- Vintage-Style Boxed Jocasta Nu (Brian's Toys Exclusive)
- Gentle Giant Kenner Jumbo Cantina PlaySet
- ACME Character Keys (Durge, Asajj, Dooku)
- Star Wars Angry Birds Items
- $50 Gift Certificates to online sponsors
- Dozens of Hasbro Vintage Collection Figures
- Dozens of Clone Wars Figures
- Kotobukiya Boba Fett Art FX
- Hasbro Battle Packs
- Gentle Giant Mini Busts (2-1B, 4-LOM, Bly)
- Star Wars Transformers
- Walmart Exclusive Dewback
- Uncle Milton Star Wars Items (Volcano Lab, Room Light, Mini Lightsabers)
...and much, much more...You can see these, as well as, other prizes at the Year 9 page at Yodasnews.com.
Yoda/green-card vehicles ($39.99), in addition to the new Hasbro 12-inch Clonetrooper and Anakin Skywalker figures ($22.99), have been spotted at The Warehouse branches today.... ...MORE
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:
- Scalextric - Death Star Attack Set, $164.99.
- LEGO Star Wars - AT-ST & Endor 9679, $17.49.
- LEGO Star Wars - Twin-Pod Cloud Car & Bespin 9678, $17.49.
- LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, $33.99.
- Klutz Star Wars Foldable Flyers, $21.25.
- Star Wars Fighter Pods - Series 1, $9.29.
- Scalextric - Star Wars 'Battle of Endor' Set, $219.99.
- LEGO Star Wars - Jabba's Palace 9516, $236.99.
- Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace (DVD), $14.99.
- LEGO Star Wars - Droid Escape 9490, $42.99.
- LEGO Star Wars - Geonosian Cannon 9491, $42.99.
- LEGO Star Wars - TIE Fighter 9492, $87.99.
- LEGO Star Wars - X-Wing Starfighter 9493, $115.99.
- LEGO Game - Star Wars: The Battle of Hoth 3866, $63.99.
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.
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The success of the Star Wars franchise, and in particular, the foothold secured by the first film in 1977, has been attributed to many combined factors - amongst them, timing (in relation to the state of society and contemporary events), production values (including attention to, and levels of, detail rarely seen prior), and foundations in the archetypes of myth and legend. Less frequently analysed, although acknowledged by George Lucas as sources of inspiration, is the connection between the both narrow and broad plot elements to equivalencies in real world history...a correlation which leaves the viewer with not only a sense of familiarity, but perhaps also a heightened appreciation for acts of heroism, or situations of jeopardy.
"Star Wars and History" is an official Lucasfilm title, published by Wiley, that provides "analysis of the historical patterns that influenced the creation and storyline of the Star Wars saga". It is a hardcover book of 344 pages, partitioned into three main sections... ...MORE
The range of Star Wars products available through SWNZ affiliate MightyApe continues to grow, and now includes premium merchandise from manufacturers like Attakus, eFX Collectibles, and Gentle Giant. The following are a selection of their newest Star Wars items, due for release during January:
- Jumbo 12" Vintage Kenner Action Figure - Red Snaggletooth.
- Pre Vizsla Animated 9" Polystone Maquette.
- Bossk 1/6 Scale 12" Figure from Sideshow.
- R2-D2 Clone Wars 1:1 Monument Statue - by Gentle Giant.
- Boba Fett ArtFX+ 1:10 Figure (Revenge of the Jedi Version).
- 1/6 Scale 12" Action Figure - Luke Skywalker Bespin Outfit (DX Series/Hot Toys).
- Captain Rex Premium Format Figure.
- Aayla Secura Premium Format Figure.
- Jaina Solo Bishoujo 1/7 ArtFX Figure.
- Ree Yees 1:6 Polystone Mini Bust - by Gentle Giant.
- Gamorrean Guard 1:5 Resin Statue (Limited Ed 1500!).
- 1/6 Scale 12" Talking RAH Action Figure - R2-D2.
- Kabe and Muftak 1:6 Polystone Mini Bust Set - by Gentle Giant.
- White Clone Trooper Deluxe 12.5" Resin Statue.
Check out lots more tempting items here.
More updates to articles in the NZ Collection section...today we include more pictures and details related to the New Zealand manufacturer Bing Harris Sargood... ...MORE
Speaking of 1997, here's another brief flashback to that year... It was, of course, the year we saw the Special Editions of the Original Trilogy screen in movie theatres around the world. The cover of New Zealand's NetGuide magazine (May issue, seen in the above advertisement poster) teased the topic "Star Wars goes Web". Star Wars news, and the official Star Wars website, was still in its childhood back then. Check out these pages, via the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine, of the rudimentary StarWars.com: Special Edition Confidential, Why the Special Edition?
Happy New Year from the team at SWNZ! 2013 is going to be great year for Star Wars fans, with the rest of the Prequel Trilogy hitting theatres in three-dimensions later in Spring (to be followed, presumably, by the Original Trilogy in 2014), and with the acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney now legally executed, a progressive ramping up of information releases pertaining to Episode 7. We look forward to continuing to support and participate in the Star Wars community in New Zealand as we move into such exciting times!
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