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20 Apr 2015 :: The Force Awakens Costumes and Props

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, 2015 - The Force Awakens Prop and Costume Exhibit
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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.

Click through to see a full gallery of images (which will have a few more images added over the next 24 hours or so)... ...MORE

Matt G

17 Apr 2015 :: 'The Force Awakens' Teaser Trailer 2

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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.

Discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Matt G

15 Apr 2015 :: Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Updates

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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.

Matt G

13 Apr 2015 :: Random Star Wars Products

Star Wars Juice Bottle

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.

Matt G

13 Apr 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. 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.

Matt G

13 Apr 2015 :: 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 Apr 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 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.

Matt G

11 Apr 2015 :: Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Coverage

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, April 16-19, 2015

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.

Matt G

11 Apr 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:

  - Celebration 2015 (aka Celebration Anaheim, aka C-VII )... ...MORE
  - Brasstech Lightsaber MkII... ...MORE
  - Store Reports / Latest Finds... ...MORE
  - Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens *SPOILERS*... ...MORE
  - FAKE Glasslite vintage c3po... ...MORE
  - MG34/ DLT19 project... ...MORE
  - DeAgostini 'Build the Millennium Falcon'... ...MORE
  - Fly the Astro Droid Way!... ...MORE

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

Matt G

10 Apr 2015 :: 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

10 Apr 2015 :: Pepsi Episode 1 Cans

Pepsi Episode 1 Cans

From the selection of SWNZ Feature Articles (Sep 2011): PepsiCo Inc. made extensive use of its license to the Star Wars Episode 1 imagery, through its Pepsi and many related brands. In addition to a large variety of promotional and packaging material ,... ...MORE

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09 Apr 2015 :: Celebration Anaheim Discussion

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).

Matt G

08 Apr 2015 :: The Force Awakens Teaser Poster and New Trailer at Celebration Anaheim

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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.

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07 Apr 2015 :: 20Q Artificial Intelligence Jedi Holocron

20Q Artificial Intelligence Jedi Holocron

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.

Matt G

07 Apr 2015 :: SWNZ Message Boards - Buy, Sell, and Trade

SWNZ Message Boards

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.

Matt G

06 Apr 2015 :: Star Wars Costuming in New Zealand

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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

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05 Apr 2015 :: Exclusive Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Prints

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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.

Matt G

27 Mar 2015 :: The New Zealand Collection

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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

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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:

  - One of the most popular ongoing exhibits at the Star Wars Celebration Anaheim ... ...MORE
  - Timeline PhotosSeason two Promo poster. <Andy #StarWarsRebels ... ...MORE
  - Okay, starting to get photos sorted and uploaded. Still a lot more to come, ... ...MORE
  - Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015April 16-19th, 2015 ... ...MORE
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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

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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 :: 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.

Archon Revuge


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