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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
(with photo contributions by Rob C)
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.
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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.
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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.
New Zealand...first to feel the Fourth! May the Fourth be with us all on this international day of celebration! And, well wishes too for the non-Fourth-sensitives among you - may you always have a good blaster at your side.
The Star Wars Celebration Anaheim convention was a visual extravaganza, so one of the best ways to capture and convey the breadth and depth of material and information on display is through photo galleries. Images from day one on the exhibition floor include costumers galore, visits to the booths of Her Universe, Hallmark, Anovos, Sideshow, Kotobukiya, eFX Collectibles, 3DLightFX, and The Prop Store. We also check out one of the R2 Builders group's life-sized displays, and call in to panels by Anovos and Return of the Jedi producer Howard Kazanjian.
Click through to see a full gallery of images from day 1 (which will have a few more images added over the next 24 hours or so)... ...MORE
The Auckland Stardome Observatory & Planetarium is holding a Star Wars-themed event tomorrow night, celebration May the Fourth: "We're putting on three planetarium shows especially to celebrate the galactic empire. Watch We are Aliens or catch our Autumn Night Sky, everyone is welcome, even if you've gone to The Dark Side. Dress up as your favourite Star Wars character and you'll get into a show for free!"
See more at: www.stardome.org.nz/events/may-the-fourth-at-stardome
SkyTV's DisneyXD channel is running an all-day (6am-midnight) Star Wars marathon for Star Wars Day, May the Fourth. From the latest SkyWatch magazine: "Celebrate the annual Star Wars fan day with a marathon of your favourite Star Wars-themed shows, including Star Wars Rebels, Phineas and Ferb Star Wars Special, The New Yoda Chronicles, LEGO Star Wars, and the premiere of the Kickin' It Star Wars Special at 4pm."
Random Star Wars product of the day...sugarless mints (by Park Avenue, Australia) in Darth Vader and Stormtrooper tins, available at The Warehouse for $3.99 each (or, according to my receipt, $6 for 2).
Here's an exclusive interview (Czech and English versions available) with Killian Plunkett: Czech Star Wars Universe. Killian Plunkett is the Art Director for Star Wars Rebels and, on the occasion of the Rebels season 2 reveals at Star Wars Celebration, discusses the ups and downs of the first season.
Check out the SWORA website at www.SWORA.info, and their Facebook page at Facebook.com/The.SWORA.
Along with a new teaser for The Force Awakens and a trailer for season 2 of Star Wars Rebels, last weekend's Celebration also gave us our first concrete details about Rogue One. Directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, it's now been confirmed that the film will focus on the brave group of Rebels who obtained the Death Star plans prior to the events of Episode IV: A New Hope. The movie is being touted as a "war film", and judging by the evocative piece of concept art shown at Celebration, it looks as though Rogue One is going to give us an entirely new and exciting perspective on the Star Wars universe.
While filming hasn't yet begun, attendees were also treated to a teaser trailer that hasn't yet seen an official release outside of the convention. Fortunately, Russ Fischer over at Slashfilm.com gives us a detailed rundown:
"A card with 'December 2016' fades in and out, with a sound that is somewhere between a slow Inception horn and a lightsaber. Then a familiar voice: Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi, saying 'For more than a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the old Republic. Before the dark times. Before the Empire.' As he speaks, the teaser fades in on a tracking shot, high up through a forested canyon. We hear a TIE Fighter pass overhead, and see the ship move forward into frame as the camera continues to push forward. We see, dominating the sky, the outline of what could be a moon. But that's no moon, it's a - well, you know what it is. The Death Star. Music swells and the screen goes black. The Rogue One logo comes up, and we hear radio voices, like troops communicating during combat. The chatter gets more frantic and loud as light strobes on the logo, which finally breaks up as the sound cuts out."
Rogue One is the first of what are now being referred to as the Star Wars "Anthology" films - movies that, while set in the Star Wars universe, don't directly fit into the episodic saga. Slated for a December 2016 release, the movie is looking like a great way to satisfy our Star Wars cravings in between Episodes VII and VIII!
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One of the most popular ongoing exhibits at the Star Wars Celebration Anaheim convention this week has been a collection of costumes and props from the upcoming Star Wars film, Episode 7 aka The Force Awakens. Entry lines to get in to the room sometimes exceeded 90-120 minutes. It includes some characters and costume/appearance details not previously revealed, so ties in to further escalate the hype and excitement kindled by the release of the second Episode 7 trailer also revealed at the Celebration convention.
On display this week were scale models of the new X-wing "resistance fighter", an Episode 7 Millennium Falcon, the actual full-scale animatronic BB-8 model, clothing (jacket) belonging to/used by Finn, and life-sized costumed mannequins of Kylo Ren (as well as, in a sepaeate case, Ren's unique lightsaber), Rey, a "Desert Nomad" and a "Junkyard Thug", and 3 versions of the new troopers - standard stormtrooper (x2), "flametrooper", and a heavily Ralph McQuarrie-inspired snowtrooper.
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Arguably the biggest and most anticipated reveal at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim today was the second Episode 2 teaser trailer. You can view it online on StarWars.com, or their Youtube channel. If you still haven't seen enough of the trailer, we've uploaded caps from the 1080HD version to a gallery optimised for easy paging between images: click here to view.
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Our Star Wars Celebration Anaheim coverage begins ...right about now. From Wednesday 15th April (California time), Thursday 16th April (New Zealand time) we'll be updating with photos and reports here on the SWNZ Homepage, on the SWNZ Facebook page, and on the SWNZ Message Boards. Stay tuned for information about new product releases, Episode 7, Star Wars Rebels, and many other aspects of the international Star Wars fandom. We're anticipating some very exciting reveals (some already advertised, some which have been kept secret) pertaining to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The following random Star Wars product has been spotted at The Warehouse - 250mL juice bottles (apple juice-based, made in Australia), featuring C-3PO and R2-D2 graphics.
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. They too will be reporting from Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, focusing on new and upcoming apparel and related products. Check them out at www.TheKesselRunway.com or on Facebook/thekesselrunway.
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:
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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 in stock and coming-very-soon items (prices are correct at time of writing):
- Stormtrooper Door Poster, $26.99
- Lords of the Sith, $47.81
- Empire and Rebellion: Honor Among Thieves, $21.73
- Darth Maul Ukiyo-E ArtFX Light-Up Statue, $209.99
- MAFEX Darth Vader 6.75" Action Figure, $84.99
- Darth Vader and Friends, $24.99
- Star Wars Armada Core Set, $139.99
- LEGO Star Wars - Slave I (75060), $349.99
- Bomb Squad Clone Trooper 12" Figure, $269.99
- Return of the Jedi Read-Along Storybook and CD, $14.99
- Han Solo and Chewbacca ArtFx+ Statue Set, $209.99
- 16GB Star Wars C3PO Mimobot USB Flash Drive, $39.99
- Star Wars Converge Blind box collection by Bandai, $9.99
- Helmet Replica Collection (Blind Box), $12.99
- Star Wars Galactic Emp Travel Bag, $49.99
- X-Wing: StarViper Expansion Pack, $29.99
- C-3PO Revoltech Action Figure, $94.99
- Heir to the Jedi, $42.99.
You can review their full Star Wars selection at this link.
Our Star Wars Celebration Anaheim coverage begins in 5 days. From Wednesday 15th April (California time), Thursday 16th April (New Zealand time) we'll be updating with photos and reports here on the SWNZ Homepage, on the SWNZ Facebook page, and on the SWNZ Message Boards. Stay tuned for information about new product releases, Episode 7, Star Wars Rebels, and many other aspects of the international Star Wars fandom.
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:
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- FS: Sideshow Premium Format Dutch AKA Arnold from PREDATOR... ...MORE
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Come on over and join in the conversation! Read the 'Welcome' message for more details.
From the selection of SWNZ Feature Articles (Apr 2007): The Wellington Armageddon convention really seems to have found its groove. Maybe it was because I was there with family and lots of good friends, but I found this year's event to be one of the best... ...MORE
Celebration Anaheim kicks off in one week. We will be reporting continuously during the event on the SWNZ homepage, as well as in the SWNZ Message Boards, here.
And, in the meantime, you can check out SWNZ galleries from past Celebration events: Celebration 3 (2005), Celebration 4 (2007), Celebration 6 (2012).
While we haven't had an official announcement as of yet, rumours are mounting that we might not have too much longer to wait until we see both the teaser poster and a new trailer for The Force Awakens.
Word has it that both of these will be debuted during J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy's panel at next weekend's Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. Collider.com originally ran the story, which has since been picked up by Making Star Wars, IMDB, and TheForce.net. While this should be taken with a grain of salt until confirmed by either Disney or Lucasfilm, it certainly doesn't come as a surprise. Celebration is the biggest Star Wars event of the year, and with only eight months until the release of The Force Awakens it seems like the perfect time to release the first full-length trailer.
The following press release has come through from Star Wars licensee Uncle Milton, describing their upcoming 'Jedi Holocron' 20 questions game:
Uncle Milton, creator of the innovative Star Wars Science brand of toys, is getting ready to challenge aspiring Jedi in a different way. This time, Uncle Milton will be bringing the popular artificial intelligence game of knowledge, 20Q, into the world of Star Wars with the Jedi Holocron. Holocrons are artifacts that hold an indeterminable amount of knowledge, so what better way to bring the Holocron into our world, than with 20Q. Even better, Star Wars fans can be part of the creation of this new Star Wars Science Jedi Holocron! Star Wars fans are encouraged to visit starwars.20q.net/play and start playing the game! Think of any being, location, or technology based on all 6 Star Wars movies and TV series and 20Q will try and guess what you're thinking. See if you can outsmart the Jedi Holocron! The more times you play, the smarter the artificial intelligence of the Jedi Holocron will become. Look for the Star Wars Science Jedi Holocron on store shelves beginning in Spring (Southern Hemisphere; Fall in the Northern), 2015.
If you are looking to buy, sell or trade Star Wars collectibles amongst fellow fans, you can now post and manage your own advertisements on the SWNZ Message Boards. There is also a quick link to the relevant section of the message boards over in the left-hand navigation menu of www.SWNZ.co.nz.
Star Wars costuming as a hobby has really grown in New Zealand in recent years, especially with local conventions like Armageddon Expo providing opportunity and exposure. If you are interested in making your own costume, or just learning more about the hobby, but don't know where to start, there are a number of online resources, clubs, and websites that you will find useful.
Outpost 42 is the New Zealand garrison of the 501st Legion, the international costuming club that focuses on Imperial characters. You can follow them via their home page, forums, or Facebook page. The international 501st Legion website is www.501st.com.
If your allegiance falls to the other side, the Naboo Outpost is the local contingent of the Rebel Legion - the "good guys" costuming group. Their forums can be viewed here, and/or you can follow their Facebook page.
There are also the Mandalorian Mercs - for mandalorian costumes, including Boba and Jango Fett, mandos from the expanded universe and original mando character costumes. New Zealand is part of the Sandhawk Clan... ...MORE
Hundreds of artists were considered for the Star Wars Celebration Art Show, in the end Lucasfilm and the panel of judges selected 35 to create exclusive new illustrations for the event. Two such artists are the duo of Joe Corroney and Hi-Fi color design's Brian Miller who frequently collaborate on cover illustrations for sci-fi comics like X-Files, Ghostbusters, Star Trek, and Doctor Who as well as Star Wars art for book covers, Star Wars Insider magazine, Topps trading cards, and Star Wars collectables for ACME Archives.
Joe Corroney and Brian Miller each chose to represent the Dark Side of the Force and more specifically Darth Vader in their Star Wars celebration exclusive illustrations titled, "The Inquisitor's Gift" & "Remember the Death Star". Joe had this to say about his choice of characters, "Darth Vader is my favorite Star Wars character and hands down my favorite character to illustrate. But I hadn't yet done a print for Celebration that just focused on him".
When asked about his artwork for Celebration Miller says, "I wanted Darth Vader to be larger than life and more of an iconic representation of the Empire. In a similar vein to how Uncle Sam was portrayed in many propaganda posters. They type and design elements were chosen to serve as a powerful recruitment tool for the Empire".
Both artists will be attending Star Wars Celebration Anaheim April 16 -19 where their artwork will be featured in the Celebration Art Show. A limited number of official Lucasfilm prints of the artwork are being made available exclusively for attendees as well.
Star Wars Celebration Anaheim runs April 16-19. Fans will find Joe Corroney and Brian Miller appearing at at booth #1111 during the event. Attendees interested in the two limited edition prints, "The Inquisitor's Gift" and "Remember the Death Star" may pre-order them March 30 - April 10 at the links below and pick-up the prints in person at Star Wars Celebration booth #1111.
- The Inquisitor's Gift, illustration by Joe Corroney with Brian Miller.
- Remember the Death Star, illustration by Brian Miller.
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
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.
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