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10 Apr 2016 :: Rogue One Countdown

We're anticipating a midnight release for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in New Zealand on Thursday 15 December 2016 (i.e., effectively the evening of Wednesday 14 December). The gap between the first trailer and the movie release is much shorter than with Episode 7, so the hype is going to ramp up following a steep trajectory!

Join in the Rogue One conversation here.

Tags: #Rogue One

Matt G

08 Apr 2016 :: Rogue One Teaser Trailer

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The first Rogue One trailer is out. You can view it on the official Star Wars Youtube channel. It is absolutely saturated with Original Trilogy goodness. We've taken the time to screencap it so it can all by scrutinised to the required level of minute detail.

Click on the above link to view the gallery of trailer screencaps, and check out the video and discussion on the SWNZ Message Boards... ...MORE

Tags: #Rogue One

Matt G

27 Mar 2016 :: SWNZ Facebook Group

Facebook fans?...we've started a Facebook Group (in addition to, but separate from, the SWNZ Facebook Page) to supplement the discussions on the SWNZ Forums in supporting all Star Wars hobbies in New Zealand. Coverage mirrors the SWNZ Forum categories, including: toys & collectables, conventions & events, costumes amp; props, literature, games, misc Star Wars discussion, and buying, selling, & trading Star Wars items.

The SWNZ Forums will remain the core of our discussion network, providing permanent, archived, searchable threaded conversations on all Star Wars topics, but the Facebook Group will cater to those who like an immediate stream of local Star Wars content and interaction in their FB feed.

Join up here.

Tags: #Facebook

Matt G

06 Mar 2016 :: The Force Awakens Coming to Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD in April

The Force Awakens

During the week, StarWars.com announced that The Force Awakens will be released on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD this April. You can watch the in-home trailer here. The film will be available on Digital HD from April 1st, with the Blu-Ray and DVD versions hitting shelves on April 5th in the USA and April 13th here in New Zealand. The 2-disc Blu-Ray will come with a raft of special features, including:

  - Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey – For the first time, discover the complete story behind the making of The Force Awakens, revealed through in-depth footage and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers in this feature documentary.
  - The Story Awakens: The Table Read – Cast members familiar and new reflect on the memorable day they all first came together to read the movie’s script.
  - Building BB-8 – See how the filmmakers brought the newest droid to the screen, creating an instant fan favorite in the Star Wars universe. Crafting Creatures – Watch movie magic as the filmmakers bring a cast of new creatures to life.
  - Blueprint of a Battle: The Snow Fight – Go deeper into the epic, climactic lightsaber battle between Rey and Kylo Ren.
  - John Williams: The Seventh Symphony – The legendary composer shares personal insights of his work on Star Wars and The Force Awakens.
  - ILM: The Visual Magic of The Force – An insider’s look into the remarkable digital artistry of the movie’s visual effects.
  - Force For Change – Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. See how the Star Wars: Force for Change initiative has united Star Wars fans all over the globe to help others.
  - Deleted Scenes.

Mighty Ape currently has the Blu-Ray and DVD listed for $39.99 and $32.99 respectively. JB Hi-Fi will be selling the Blu-Ray and DVD for the slightly cheaper prices of $34.00 and $28.00, while also stocking an exclusive steelbook version of the Blu-Ray for $44.00.

Tags: #The Force Awakens

Archon Revuge

28 Feb 2016 :: Easter Eggs for 2016

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Easter Eggs for 2016 have been sighted around the countries at branches of KMart, The Warehouse, and Countdown supermarkets. Once again we're treated to an array of edibles from Park Avenue (Australia-based) and Kinnerton (UK-based). Products include an embossed metal tin from Park Avenue, ceramic mugs from Kinnerton (same as last year, but different packaging), and a re-release of Park Avenue's "Exploding Death Star" chocolates with updated The Force Awakens graphics. There is a good chance we'll see more variety available through these outlets yet this year...stand by for updates as we approach the Easter holiday weekend, including on the SWNZ Message Boards.

Related article: 24 Feb 2015 :: Star Wars Easter Eggs in NZ
Related article: 21 Mar 2015 :: More Star Wars Easter Eggs in NZ

Tags: #The Warehouse #Countdown #KMart #Confectionery #Easter Egg

Matt G

16 Feb 2016 :: The Force Awakens Official Movie Special Magazine

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Countdown supermarkets and some booksellers are currently stocking a magazine dedicated to the latest installment in the Star Wars saga. Entitled The Force Awakens Official Movie Special, this issue sells for $6.70 and contains some great exclusive material. The magazine includes timelines, character breakdowns, concept art, interviews with the cast and crew, and some stunning on-set images. Several of the pages also double as removable mini-posters. This is a great souvenir for any fan of the film, and fantastic value for the price.

Tags: #Magazine #The Force Awakens

Archon Revuge

15 Feb 2016 :: Lego Star Wars "The Freemaker Adventures" TV Show Announced

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It's been rumoured for a while now, but yesterday StarWars.com confirmed that a brand new Lego Star Wars series entitled "The Freemaker Adventures" will be debuting on Disney XD this summer. Specific details are still thin on the ground, but the official site has posted the following synopsis for the show:

"The fun-filled adventure comedy series, set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, will introduce all-new heroes and villains in exciting adventures with many familiar Star Wars characters. Told in the whimsically-charged style that audiences have come to expect from LEGO Star Wars entertainment, the series stars the Freemakers, a family of scavengers who build and sell starships from the scoured debris of space battles strewn throughout the galaxy. When their youngest discovers a natural connection with the Force through an ancient artifact—the Kyber Saber—his world is turned upside down, and he and his family are thrown into an epic struggle against the Empire to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. Throughout their adventures, the Freemakers explore new worlds, meet new and familiar characters, and learn the true value of what it means to be a family."

Previous Lego Star Wars projects have been a lot fun - playing out some great "what if?" scenarios while bringing a unique sense of humour to that galaxy far, far away. Given this, there's little doubt that The Freemaker Adventures will be well worth a watch.

Tags: #Lego #The Freemaker Adventures

Archon Revuge

05 Feb 2016 :: Affiliate Update - Mohock Collectibles

From Mohock Collectibles: Last call for the lightsaber preorders!

You won't want to miss them! There's no better weapon for slaying a Wampa, or fighting the Sith. Each Force FX Lightsaber Replica from the Star Wars saga features durable die-cast metal parts that look and feel like the real thing! Its sturdy, polycarbonate blade features realistic power-up and power-down glowing light effects.

  - Yoda Force FX Lightsaber
  - Darth Vader Force FX Lightsaber
  - Luke Skywalker Force FX Lightsaber
  - Kylo Ren Force FX Deluxe Lightsaber

Support local, and check out their Star Wars range at this link.

Tags: #Store Report #Mohock Collectibles #Anovos

Matt G

29 Jan 2016 :: 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:

  - Checking interest in the exclusive At-Dp... ...MORE
  - FA: Order Sixty-Six :: Shock Trooper Battalion... ...MORE
  - Batman sings 'One Call Away'... ...MORE
  - Star Wars: Episode VIII - [Title Forthcoming] *SPOILERS*... ...MORE
  - My Collection, WEEK 10... ...MORE
  - Star Wars - Kiwis Hunting Bounty... ...MORE
  - My Oota Goota Bucket... ...MORE
  - Custom 6" Black Series Storm Trooper Commander... ...MORE

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

Tags: #Message Boards

Matt G

28 Jan 2016 :: Kellogg's Star Wars Cereal

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This isn't just some Star Wars graphics on an existing Kellogg's cereal product...this is an actual limited edition Star Wars cereal! In a promotion spanning both Australia and New Zealand Kellogg's present a chocolate-flavoured variation of their wheat/rice cereal shapes (also used as a Disney's "Frozen"-themed product, but with vanilla flavouring in that instance) in a series of 3 Star Wars character boxes. "Collect all 3 packs", the packaging urges. The graphics are Episode 3-era promotional images, paired on either side of the carton variations, giving us the option of choosing Darth Vader with C-3PO, Stormtrooper with R2-D2, or Yoda with Chewbacca (or just stock up and buy them all).

These 370g breakfast products hit the aisles of Countdown supermarkets in New Zealand over the past week. They were distributed through Woolworths supermarkets in Australia with an earlier release date. Locally, they featured an introductory price of $5.00...combined with the current popularity of Star Wars in general, they are vanishing from store shelves and pallet displays at a rapid pace. For those into collecting such food-related items, you could even grab a full shipping carton of five individual units...and start your day the Star Wars way for many weeks to come.

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Join in the discussion on this topic on the SWNZ Forums.

Related article: 2005 :: Kellogg's 'Revenge of the Sith' Promotions
Related article: 1984 :: Kellogg's Cornflakes Stickers
Related article: 1984 :: Kellogg's Cornflakes competition

Tags: #Kelloggs #Store Report #Cereal #Countdown Supermarket

Matt G

27 Jan 2016 :: Store Reports

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Store reports from around New Zealand:

  - A new range of Star Wars-themed Kinder Surprises have seen at The Warehouse. 9 character/vehicle toys are in this set...branding uses Kylo Ren graphics, but there are no TFA toys among the collectibles.
  - The latest (for NZ) Itty Bitty plush characters, Rey and Kylo, have been spotted at branches of PaperPlus.

Tags: #The Warehouse #PaperPlus #Store Report #Hallmark #Kinder Surprise

Matt G

26 Jan 2016 :: Kellogg's Star Wars Cereal at Countdown Supermarkets

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Star Wars cereal from Kelloggs is now available at branches of Countdown supermarkets. It comes in 3 different boxes (Vader/C-3PO, Stormtrooper/R2-D2, and Yoda/Chewbacca). This packaging is unique to Australia/New Zealand.

More details and discussion on the SWNZ Forums.

Related article: 2005 :: Kellogg's 'Revenge of the Sith' Promotions
Related article: 1984 :: Kellogg's Cornflakes Stickers
Related article: 1984 :: Kellogg's Cornflakes competition

Tags: #Kelloggs #Store Report #Cereal #Countdown Supermarket

Matt G

23 Jan 2016 :: Affiliate Update - Mohock Collectibles

I know a few SWNZ members are already fans of online retailer Mohock Collectibles, but SWNZ has just established an advertising relationship with them, so I want to give them a formal welcome on board. Their Star Wars range includes Hot Toys/Sideshow, ANOVOS, Kotobukiya, and Hasbro (and/or you can check out their wider range of sci-fi, fantasy, anime, military, and superhero collectibles). Their prices are very competitive (even as compared with buying direct from Sideshow, as an example), but you'll obviously avoid any local customs/duty hassles when buying your high-end collectibles. They offer free nationwide shipping on orders over $99, and have a layby service.

Support local, and check out their Star Wars range at this link.

Tags: #Store Report #Mohock Collectibles #Anovos

Matt G

22 Jan 2016 :: Episode VIII Delayed Until December 2017

Yesterday, StarWars.com announced that Star Wars: Episode VIII - originally scheduled for a May 2017 release - will now debut on December 15th, 2017. No reasons were given for the delay.

Personally, I don't see this as a bad thing. While it'll be hard to wait another seven months for the next installment in the saga, the extra time can only help ensure a quality film. The Force Awakens suffered a similar delay, and that worked out pretty darn well.

Tags: #Episode VIII

Archon Revuge

10 Jan 2016 :: Empire Magazine, January 2016

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The January issue of Empire magazine is now available in NZ bookstores and supermarkets. It includes a lot of The Force Awakens content, and general Star Wars articles - behind-the-scenes analysis, character and cast coverage, lightsaber infographics, a toy retrospective, and a Battlefront game review. Five different covers are available.

Tags: #Magazine #Empire #Store Report

Matt G

04 Jan 2016 :: Affiliate Update - MightyApe.co.nz

Anovos is the company that has the license to produce high-end replica Star Wars costumes and helmets, including from The Force Awakens. Until recently, distribution contracts have meant that they can't ship to New Zealand...however, it looks like Mighty Ape have signed on as distributors, with a selection of helmets available for preorder (and hopefully full armour kits to follow at some point in the future).

  - Stormtrooper Classic Helmet.
  - AT-AT Driver Standard Helmet.
  - Darth Vader Standard Helmet.
  - TIE Fighter Pilot Standard Helmet.
  - Imperial Officer Uniform Hat - Black.
  - First Order Stormtrooper Helmet.
  - Kylo Ren Premier Line Helmet.
  - Imperial Shadow - Stormtrooper Helmet Prop.

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

Tags: #Store Report #Mighty Ape #Anovos

Matt G

21 Dec 2015 :: SWNZ Book

The History of Star Wars Collecting in New Zealand

As many know, the SWNZ website contains a comprehensive archive of Star Wars collectibles in New Zealand that was one of the earliest and main features when everything was set up in its current format in 2003. About a year ago I started a project to turn that material in to a physical book.

'The History of Star Wars Collecting in New Zealand' will be a chronological journey through the history of New Zealand-specific Star Wars collectibles and related milestones. It is on track for a Q2 2016 release, with pricing and preordering information available in Q1. It is the product of 13 years of research, and nearly four decades of collecting. Every photo is new.

More details and discussion on the SWNZ Forums.

Tags: #SWNZ Book

Matt G

20 Dec 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

20 Dec 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.

Tags: #Calendar

Matt G

19 Dec 2015 :: Affiliate Update - MightyApe.co.nz

With embargo dates past, lots of important Episode 7 stuff is now available at SWNZ affiliate MightyApe.co.nz. The following are in stock now:

  - The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary, hardback, $34.99.
  - The Force Awakens Incredible Cross Sections, hardback, $37.00.
  - The Force Awakens Original Soundtrack, $22.99.
  - Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, hardback, $59.99.
  - Kylo Ren - Colour Change Glass, $24.99.
  - Kylo Ren Mug, $19.99.
  - The Force Awakens: Character Anthology, $22.99.
  - The Force Awakens: Rey's Survival Guide, hardback, $22.99.
  - Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Poe Dameron Figure, $24.99.
  - Disney Infinity 3.0: The Force Awakens Play Set, $49.99.
  - Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Kylo Ren Figure, $24.99.
  - Star Wars BB-8 Embossed Wallet, $69.99.
  - Star Wars BB-8 Embossed Coin Bag, $39.99.
  - BB-8 App-Enabled Droid by Sphero, $279.99.
  - The Force Awakens - Droids Wall Poster, $14.99.

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

Tags: #Store Report #Mighty Ape

Matt G

18 Dec 2015 :: SWNZ Episode 7 Box Office

Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens

The Force Awakens has achieved a fantastic milestone, breaking opening day box office records in New Zealand with a day one total of $1.57 million! This is so far clear of the previous record (The Avengers, also a Disney release, in 2012, came in just over $1 million) that it is likely to stand for a long, long time.

If you have caught a screening and want to discuss it with other fans, you can share your thoughts in the spoiler-quarantined thread on the SWNZ Forums:here.

Tags: #The Force Awakens

Matt G

18 Dec 2015 :: SWNZ Episode 7 Forum Discussions

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Seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Loved it? Hated it? We're still keeping the SWNZ website spoiler free for the sake of those who haven't seen it yet. If you have caught a screening and want to discuss it with other fans, you can share your thoughts in the spoiler-quarantined thread on the SWNZ Forums:here.

Tags: #The Force Awakens

Matt G

17 Dec 2015 :: SWNZ Episode 7 Spoiler Policy

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now out in New Zealand, the whole landscape of Star Wars fandom is now different.

We're keeping the SWNZ website spoiler free for the next couple of the days. If you've seen the film and want to discuss it with other fans who have also been to a screening, you can share your thoughts in the spoiler-quarantined thread on the SWNZ Forums:here.

Tags: #The Force Awakens

Matt G

13 Dec 2015 :: Store Report - Latest Black Series 6" Figures at Farmers

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The latest wave of The Black Series 6" figures have been confirmed at a number of Farmers branches. This wave includes Finn as Stormtrooper, Flametrooper, Ep7 Han Solo, Jango Fett, and apparently 6" Captain Phasmas too! These photos were supplied by SWNZ member Darryl. Keep an eye on the SWNZ Forums Store Report thread for more details and photos here.

Tags: #Action Figures #Store Report #Farmer

Matt G

12 Dec 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

Tags: #Costuming #501st Legion #Outpost 42 Garrison #Rebel Legion #Naboo Outpost

Anaria

11 Dec 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 post and manage your own advertisements on the SWNZ Message Boards. Feel free to call past to browse - the greater the critical mass browsing that section, the more successful it is. 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.

Tags: #Message Boards

Matt G

10 Dec 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, including many eagerly awaited Episdoe 7 tie-ins (prices are in NZ$).

  - The Force Awakens, hardback, $37.52.
  - The Force Awakens, paperback, $28.24.
  - Star Wars Epic Collection: Infinities, graphic novel, $60.55.
  - Star Wars: Before the Awakening, hardback, $22.13.
  - The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary, hardback, $26.78.
  - The Force Awakens Incredible Cross Sections, hardback, $26.78.
  - The Force Awakens Journal: Rey's Survival Guide, hardback, $20.17.
  - The Force Awakens Droid Construction Book, novelty book, $18.14.
  - The Force Awakens Colouring Book, paperback, $10.13.
  - Star Wars Art: a Poster Collection, paperback, $30.25.
  - Art Therapy: Star Wars, hardback, $27.21.
  - Heir to the Jedi, paperback, $15.00.
  - The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume 1, hardback, $35.83

You can view their full range of Star Wars titles here.

Tags: #Store Report #Book Depository

Matt G

10 Dec 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

Tags: #The New Zealand Collection

Matt G

09 Dec 2015 :: Episode 7 Countdown

This time next week, I'll just be staring impatiently at the clock, counting down the hours.

Join in the Episode 7 conversation here.

And, in the meantime, check out SWNZ screenshot galleries from the full trailer and the international/Japanese trailer, as well as from the San Diego Comic Con behind-the-scenes footage.

Tags: #The Force Awakens

Matt G

08 Dec 2015 :: Latest Legal Tender Star Wars Coins From NZ Mint

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New Zealand Mint has released legal tender (in Niue) Star Wars coins a couple of times in the past (in 2011 and 2012). For 2016, they are issuing two collections: Star Wars Classic and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Classic Collection "highlights many of the great characters associated with this cultural phenomenon" and includes coins in a couple of different weights of silver and gold. The Force Awakens Collection feature coloured images of Rey, Phasma, and Kylo. The NZ Mint website suggests that more coin releases will be coming in the future.

Related Article: 10 Aug 2011 :: NZ Mint to Issue Legal Tender Star Wars Coins
Related Article: 07 Sep 2012 :: Second Wave of Legal Tender Star Wars Coins

Tags: #New Zealand Mint #Coins

Matt G

07 Dec 2015 :: Nov 2015 Entertainment Weekly Magazine The Force Awakens Feature

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This week, Entertainment Weekly's next Star Wars-themed issue began turning up here in New Zealand. It's a special collector's 'double-issue', and comes in four different cover variants including Han Solo, R2-D2 and C-3PO, Rey, and Finn (pictured here). The issue features a massive 32 pages of Star Wars coverage, including some brand new interviews with the cast and crew of The Force Awakens, a guide to the new canon, and a very handy timeline of upcoming Star Wars releases. It's retailing here for $16.90, and should be available in most magazine stores.

Tags: #Entertainment Weekly #Magazine #Literature

Archon Revuge

26 Nov 2015 :: Black Friday Deals at Mighty Ape

Mighty Ape's Black Friday deals start tomorrow at midday. We'll be keeping a close eye out for Star Wars mega-deals, and will share here and on the SWNZ Facebook page.

Tags: #Store Reports #Mighty Ape

Matt G

19 Nov 2015 :: Star Wars Jedi Master Magazine

Star Wars Jedi Master Magazine

A new Star Wars magazine, targeting the younger audience, is coming out from Titan Magazines (publishers of Star Wars Insider).

"Titan Magazines is pleased to announce the launch of the all-new Star Wars Jedi Master Magazine, a 52 page, full-color magazine! Revisit where the whole saga began with Star Wars Jedi Master Magazine #1, on sale November 17.

Each issue is packed with fascinating features, fact files, character biographies and Jedi training puzzles. Every issue prepares Padawans for the journey ahead by teaching them about the exciting planets, battles, species, and important warriors pivotal in Jedi history in the run-up to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Plus, young Padawans get the chance to expand their knowledge, with trivia and secrets from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace!"

Tags: #Titan Magazines #Jedi Master Magazine #Literature

Matt G

15 Nov 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.

Tags: #Toltoys #Vintage

Matt G

14 Nov 2015 :: Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens ABC TV Spot

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The Episode 7 coverage seems to be coming through thick and fast just at the moment. It's all largely spoiler free, building on existing material ever so slowly, incrementally expanding on the scenes revealed in small steps only. The above screen-cap gallery comes from the TV spot shown on ABC in the US yesterday (NZT).

Click on the above link to view the gallery of trailer screencaps, and check out the video and discussion on the SWNZ Message Boards... ...MORE

Tags: #The Force Awakens

Matt G

14 Nov 2015 :: The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy

The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy

'The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy', a new book from Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture, features a chapter contribution by SWNZ staff author Archon Revuge. Check it out at Book Depository (free shipping to NZ).

Tags: #Literature

Matt G

13 Nov 2015 :: Episode 7 Displays at Cinemas

Episode 7 Displays at Event Cinemas

New Episode 7 posters, and this giant 3D logo display, were seen at Event Cinemas in Albany. Does your local theatre have new Star Wars promo stuff out? Share in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Tags: #The Force Awakens

Matt G

07 Nov 2015 :: Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens International Trailer

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An unannounced, but always welcomed, new Episode 7 trailer hit the internet overnight. This Japanese edition contains many new scenes, and even new dialogue, adding to the ever-building excitement as we countdown the remaining 39 days until The Force Awakens opens locally.

Click on the above link to view the gallery of trailer screencaps, and check out the discussion and analysis on the SWNZ Message Boards... ...MORE

Tags: #The Force Awakens

Matt G

07 Nov 2015 :: Star Wars Calendars at Calendar Club

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The 'Calendar Club' pop-up stores that show up in shopping malls around NZ this time of the year have a good selection of Star Wars calendars - a 12 month 'The Force Awakens' calendar, a 16 month classic calendar, a 'Darth Vader & Friends' calendar, and a desk calendar.

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Matt G

06 Nov 2015 :: SWNZ Message Boards - Store Reports

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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. The Warehouse and K-Mart in particular have a lot of new confectionery and Christmas-related items, many coming from Aus company Park Avenue (meaning that they are exclusive to Australia/NZ). Also showing up are many Hallmark products art multiple retailers, and Nixon watches and accessories at Amazon Surf.

Tags: #Store Report #Message Boards

Matt G

05 Nov 2015 :: Loungefly x Star Wars Handbags and Wallets at Mighty Ape

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Mighty Ape has a new range of Star Wars items available for pre-order - women's handbags, wallets and coin purses from US company Loungefly. These have been incredibly popular overseas, and it's great to see them finally available in New Zealand.

There are eighteen items currently available to pre-order, with an estimated release date of 17th November - in time for Christmas gift shopping. The range includes the popular mini dome bags - R2-D2, Boba Fett and BB-8, and matching wallets are also available. All of Loungefly's products are made from faux leather or vinyl, with great details like embroidered appliqués, Star Wars logo lining fabric, custom symbol rivets and enamelled logo plagues.

Prices range from NZ$39.99 to NZ$119.99 - all are exclusive to Mighty Ape. Shop now at Mighty Ape.

To read more about Loungefly's range of Star Wars handbags and wallets, check out The Kessel Runway.

Tags: #Mighty Ape #Loungefly #Fashion

Anaria

30 Oct 2015 :: Halloween Event at Spotlight

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There will be a Star Wars-themed Halloween event at Spotlight tomorrow (Saturday 31 Oct), which includes discounts and competitions. Join up as a VIP Club member for savings on Star Wars products (costumes, partyware, kid's accessories).

Tags: #Spotlight

Matt G

21 Oct 2015 :: Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens Full Trailer

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So yesterday, the internet once again went crazy for Star Wars, with cinema websites crashing under the load of the Episode 7 ticket release, followed later in our afternoon with the reveal of the full length The Force Awakens trailer (Youtube).

Stuff.co.nz reports that "Pre-sale tickets for Star Wars: The Force Awakens set company records on Tuesday, with fans buying $175,000 worth of tickets in four hours. Midnight screenings are selling out with more sessions being added to keep up with demand." Keep that in mind...if you weren't able to get a midnight screening at your cinema of choice, there is a chance that the inclusion of more theatre screens means you may now be able to. Now all we have to do is wait out the 56 remaining days until the NZ premier!

Click on the above link to view the gallery of trailer screencaps, and check out the discussion and analysis on the SWNZ Message Boards... ...MORE

Tags: #The Force Awakens

Matt G

19 Oct 2015 :: Episode 7 Tickets on Sale TOMORROW

Episode 7 Tickets on Sale

Multiple cinema chains have now confirmed that Episode 7, The Force Awakens, tickets (for the December 17th screenings) will be available for purchase from tomorrow (20 Oct). Keep an eye on the respective websites and Facebook pages of your closest or favourite cinema chain. Below are link to the confirmation posts from several companies:

  - Event Cinemas
  - Hoyts
  - Reading Cinemas

Join in the Episode 7 discussion on the SWNZ Message Boards.

Tags: #The Force Awakens

Matt G

19 Oct 2015 :: Episode 7 Poster and TV Spots

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Big news day for The Force Awakens, with an even bigger one coming tomorrow! Many thanks to everyone for the messages and notifications coming in regarding the new EP7 material out this morning. We fully appreciate it. It's the critical mass of community contributions that keep us going.

An official posted and related graphics have been revealed. And, here are links to Youtube versions of the 3 TV spots pre-empting tomorrow's trailer release.

  - TV Spot 1
  - TV Spot 2
  - TV Spot 3

Join in the Episode 7 discussion on the SWNZ Message Boards.

Tags: #The Force Awakens

Matt G

13 Oct 2015 :: Star Wars Pop-Up Channel on SkyTV

Star Wars pop-up channel on SkyTV

A dedicated Star Wars pop-up channel is coming soon to SkyTV (available to Sky Movies subscribers). Minimal details yet in terms of timing or exact content, but we'll update here and on Facebook as soon as more info comes to hand.

Tags: #SkyTV

Matt G

12 Oct 2015 :: Keisha Castle-Hughes at Auckland Armageddon

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Keisha Castle-Hughes, Queen Apailana of Naboo, will be appearing at Auckland Armageddon Expo over Labour weekend. More details on the offical Armageddon website.

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Matt G

07 Oct 2015 :: Your Guide to Star Wars at NYCC 2015

New York Comic Con 2015

This week sees the return of New York Comic Con for another year. As always, there'll be a strong Star Wars presence at the event - including a few panels that promise to be very exciting for fans and collectors like. Below, you'll find a list of everything Star Wars at NYCC. All event descriptions are taken from the official NYCC webpage, and times and dates have been converted to New Zealand local time.

Hasbro Star Wars [Friday, October 9, 4.15am – 5.15am]: Join members of the Hasbro team as they discuss the popular Hasbro Star Wars line that hit shelves on Force Friday! Attendees will get an in-depth look at Hasbro’s latest action figure offerings with a look at new product coming later this year.

Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Panel [Friday, October 9, 6.30am – 7.30am]: With new episodes of the exciting second season of Star Wars Rebels debuting on Disney XD this fall, Fans will get an exclusive sneak peek of what's to come in a Panel featuring Special Guests and a discussion of the new storylines and characters being introduced throughout the new season.

Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Sneak Preview [Friday, October 9, 10.30am – 11.45am]: Fans are invited to a sneak preview screening of two new episodes from the highly-anticipated second season of Star Wars Rebels which will feature the series debut of Captain Rex, Captain Gregor and Commander Wolffe – three clones from the previous Star Wars animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. They join another fan favorite from The Clone Wars – Ahsoka Tano – who made her Star Wars Rebels debut in the final episode of Season 1. Fans of both series won't want to miss this incredible preview of what's to come in the all-new episodes from the second season of Star Wars Rebels!

Star Wars: A Galaxy of Fandom [Saturday, October 10, 4.00am – 5.00am]: The new era of Star Wars is here! Join Special Guests from the worlds of games, books, comics and entertainment as they share memories of seeing Star Wars for the first time; discuss how the sprawling space epic shaped their lives; and more. Geek out over your favorite parts of that galaxy far, far away with Superfans from Wookieepedia and get hyped for The Force Awakens and other exciting new chapters in the Star Wars saga!

Star Wars Collectibles Update with Lucasfilm's Anita Castellar [Saturday, October 10, 6.30am – 7.30am]: Join a surprise panelist as we make an exciting announcement for the future of Star Wars collectibles. Moderating will be Anita Castellar, a self-professed Star Wars Fangirl who manages licensing for hardlines categories at Lucasfilm, such as toys, collectibles, consumer electronics, automotive and more.

Disney-Lucasfilm Publishing Presents: Star Wars: Journey to The Force Awakens [Sunday, October 11, 5.15am – 6.15am]: While Star Wars Fans eagerly await the new movie The Force Awakens, there's a new crop of titles coming out from Disney-Lucasfilm Press this fall that will take readers on a Journey to The Force Awakens–with intriguing narratives and variant perspectives of events happening in a galaxy far, far away. Now NYCC Attendees can hear from a select group of Authors penning these titles and learn what's new and to-come in the Star Wars universe.

Lucasfilm Presents: Star Wars: A Galactic Reader's Theatre [Monday, October 12, 5.00am – 6.00am]: Join a select group of Author talent as they give NYCC Attendees a special Reader's Theatre of stories from a galaxy far, far away. Nothing too dark, daring or dangerous is off-limits and NYCC Attendees will be thrilled to experience these narratives in an all-new theatrical way.

Tags: #New York Comic Con

Archon Revuge

25 Sep 2015 :: October 2015 Empire Magazine The Force Awakens Feature

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This week, the October 2015 issue of Empire magazine hit shelves, along with a fantastic feature-article on The Force Awakens. The magazine comes in two fold-out cover variants - "Villain" and "Hero". The article itself features exclusive interviews with director and co-writer J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy, and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan - though the trio are careful not to share any details that haven't already been revealed in the earlier Vanity Fair and Entertainment Weekly features. Likewise, all of the images accompanying the article have been previously released - but the amazing covers alone should make this issue highly desirable for collectors.

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Archon Revuge

16 Sep 2015 :: Force Friday Midnight Event Report, Toyworld Wellington

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One more report from the recent Force Friday midnight events, this time with photos from Wellington.

At 12:01am on September 4th, Force Friday officially rolled around - and with it, our first chance to purchase official merchandise from The Force Awakens. The Ballance Street Toyworld put on a fantastic 'Midnight Madness' event for those of us in the Wellington CBD. Attendance was high, and it didn't take long for a sizable line of avid fans to form outside.

Despite the large crowds, everyone was incredibly respectful and polite. No-one hogged the shelves, and it seems that everyone managed to find most - if not all - of what they were after. Guest appearances by Darth Vader and a Mandalorian Warrior helped build atmosphere, and a few spot discounts (including 25% off 3 3/4" figures) made the night an even more satisfying one.

Special thanks goes to my partner, who snapped the above photos while I excitedly trawled through the shelves!

Related Gallery: Force Friday Midnight Madness Event, Toyworld Sylvia Park
Related Gallery: Force Friday Midnight Madness Event, The Warehouse Albany
Related Gallery: Force Friday Midnight Madness Event, Toyworld Albany

Tags: #The Force Awakens #Force Friday

Archon Revuge

15 Sep 2015 :: Store Reports

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The Store Report thread of the SWNZ Message Boards is a great way to keep up to date with new product as it hits New Zealand retailers, and to monitor the stock levels of all your favourite Star Wars lines. Forum members from all around the country contribute (and you can too), so we get good nationwide coverage. The following are some example posts from over the last week.

  - The Warehouse post 1, post 1
  - Toyworld Albany
  - JayJays
  - EB Games
  - Farmers
  - Cotton On Kids

Tags: #Store Report #The Warehouse #EB Games #Cotton On #JayJays

Matt G


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