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19 Dec 2014 :: SWNZ Visits ILM

SWNZ Visits ILM

From the selection of SWNZ Feature Articles (Apr 2012): Last month we presented coverage and a photo gallery showcasing SWNZ's attendance of a press conference at Skywalker Ranch . Today we move onto the second destination of that galactic itinerary,... ...MORE

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18 Dec 2014 :: Star Wars Fashion for Women - The Kessel Runway

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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

Anaria

16 Dec 2014 :: Episode 7 Countdown - 1 Year To Go!

So, assuming a midnight release for The Force Awakens (and I'd wager that's a near certainty), 12am tonight marks the 1-year-to-go point!! 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

15 Dec 2014 :: Star Wars New Zealand on Flickr

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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.

Matt G

14 Dec 2014 :: 'The Force Awakens' NZ Release Date

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The Episode 7 trailer is now screening on selected theatres/movies locally. A 22 metre wide version of the teaser has been witnessed at Auckland's IMAX cinema, leading The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Even better, it officially confirmed that the local release date for The Force Awakens will be Thursday December 17th 2015. With the international dateline coming in to play, that means NZ will have a general release nearly two days ahead of the US!

Discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Matt G

14 Dec 2014 :: 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

13 Dec 2014 :: Affiliate Update - MightyApe.co.nz

Looking to Star Wars-ify the Christmas stockings of friends or family (or your own prezzie pile)? There is still time to buy from MightyApe.co.nz - they clearly indicate which collectibles are held at their warehouse and are which can be shipped in time for Christmas. The following are selected items from their in stock and ready-to-ship list (prices are correct at time of writing):

  - Star Wars - Rebels Chopper Plush, $24.99
  - 6" Black Series Action Figure - Sandtrooper, $39.99
  - Star Wars - Rebels Stormtrooperer Plush, $24.99
  - Rebel Soldier Jumbo Vintage Figure, $139.99
  - Star Wars Chromium Envelope Wallet, $29.99
  - TIE Advanced 1:72 Model Kit, $44.99
  - X-Wing Starfighter 1:72 Model Kit, $44.99
  - Imperial Snowtrooper Jumbo Vintage Figure, $149.99
  - Star Wars X-Wing: VT-49 Decimator, $59.99
  - Star Wars X-Wing: YT-2400 Freighter, $44.99
  - Darth Vader Mug with Removable Lid, $29.99
  - Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion, DVD, $19.99
  - Star Wars Wampa Slippers (Small), $44.99
  - Sideshow Echo & Fives Clone Trooper Set, 1/6 scale, $379.99
  - Padme Amidala Kids Costume (Small), $71.99

You can review their Star Wars selection at this link.

Matt G

12 Dec 2014 :: Ellerslie Santa Parade

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There are still a couple of Christmas parades scheduled around a number of kiwi communities, including the Wellington Santa Parade this coming weekend. The above photos, contributed by SWNZ member Fredstar, are from the Ellerslie Santa Parade which took place on the 7th of December.

If you manage to take any photos of Imperials or galactic heroes at your local Santa Parade, and would like to share them with the community, send them in or post them to our Facebook page.

Matt G
(photo credit: Freddy C)

09 Dec 2014 :: 'Star Wars: Rebels' on SkyTV, Disney XD

'Star Wars: Rebels' Figures at Toyworld Stores

'Star Wars: Rebels' will be one of the flagship shows featured on SkyTV when it launches a local version of Disney XD (channel 103) in NZ on Christmas Eve. The ongoing timeslot for the show hasn't been confirmed just yet, but should be available on their online TV guide within a couple of weeks. Thanks to Jeff G for bringing this to our attention via our Facebook page.

Matt G

08 Dec 2014 :: Auckland Santa Parade

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The last couple of weekends have seen Christmas parades around a number of kiwi communities, including the Auckland Santa Parade down Queen St on Sunday November 30th. The above photos of that event, showing Star Wars costumers fundraising for the Child Cancer Foundation, have been contributed by SWNZ members Anaria and Fredstar.

If you manage to take any photos of Imperials or galactic heroes at your local Santa Parade, and would like to share them with the community, send them in or post them to our Facebook page.

Matt G
(photo credits: Anaria, Freddy C)

01 Dec 2014 :: 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

30 Nov 2014 :: More 'The Force Awakens' Teaser

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If you still haven't seen enough of the EP-VII 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

29 Nov 2014 :: 'The Force Awakens' Teaser

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The highly anticipated teaser trailer for "The Force Awakens" is now online, and it's convincingly exhilarating!

You can view it at iTunes Trailers or on the Official Star Wars Youtube channel. Over on the SWNZ Message Boards, we've broken it down in to shot-by-shot screen-caps, so that you can digest and revel in every little glorious detail...join in to that discussion here.

Matt G

28 Nov 2014 :: 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

27 Nov 2014 :: Santa Parades

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We're coming up on the Santa Parade season, with events taking place around the country on most weekends between now and Christmas Day itself. What's that got to do with the Star Wars fandom?...well, this year there will be Star Wars characters marching in the parades at a good number of locations spread through NZ.

Starting this Sunday (Nov 30th), weather permitting, Stormtroopers, Rebels, and Jedi will be helping the Child Cancer Foundation collect donations during the Auckland Santa Parade. Next weekend we'll see Star Wars represented at both the Ashburton Santa Parade (Saturday Dec 6th) and the Christchurch Santa Parade (Sunday Dec 7th). And, a little closer to Christmas proper, Wellington will have its Parade with Star Wars support on Sunday Dec 14th.

If you manage to take any photos of Imperials or galactic heroes, and would like to share them with the community, send them in or post them to our Facebook page.

Matt G

26 Nov 2014 :: SWNZ Message Boards - Hot Topics

SWNZ Message Boards

The SWNZ Forums (www.SWNZForums.co.nz) have just 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:

  - 'Star Wars Rebels' animated series... ...MORE
  - Star Wars at MightyApe.co.nz... ...MORE
  - Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens *SPOILERS*... ...MORE
  - Store Reports / Latest Finds... ...MORE
  - Celebration 2015 (aka Celebration Anaheim, aka C-VII )... ...MORE
  - EP 3 clone trooper helmet FS... ...MORE
  - Haul Thread... ...MORE
  - WTB: Star Wars Beanie... ...MORE

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

Matt G

25 Nov 2014 :: AT-AT Children's Bed

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Every now and then, we stumble across a Star Wars creation that makes us wish we were a kid again. Seen at the 2014 Auckland Armageddon Expo, the 3.6m long, 2.4m high AT-AT child's bed made by Philip Magnussen of Katikati-based Paranooid Productions Ltd had exactly this kind of impact. I believe the correct response to such an encounter is to forget that the intended primary audience might be the youngling fans, and remember that when it comes to the appreciation of things Star Wars, the distinction between generations is blurred to the point of nonexistence...just admit that you really want one!

Philip built the All-Terrain Armoured-Bed to fit in his son's normal double-bed-sized room, and duplicated the project to have a model displayed at the Armageddon Expo. It's obviously more than just a piece of functional furniture - closer inspection reveals elements and features such as the action figure storage and playset space incorporated in to the vehicle cockpit! The details behind the whole enterprise are both remarkable and intriguing - Philip has taken the time to respond to our questions, as we sought to dig deeper in to the story behind this imposing construction...

What are the basic stats for the AT-AT: number of pieces, time to build, etc?

I built the first one out of love for my son and hence I stopped counting the hours at 400, and I figured the copy I created for the Armageddon show would take less time, however it still took 420 hours to complete. This is "chargeable time" only (that is actual productive work), not including hours in design, fixing mistakes etc.

The entire structure is made of 1260 pieces, virtually all hand cut (some others such as buckets, circuit boards etc. were sometimes used whole)... ...MORE

Matt G

23 Nov 2014 :: Affiliate Update - MightyApe.co.nz

MightyApe.co.nz is a well-established local online retailer that has a great range of Star Wars collectibles and other products at competitive prices. They're now starting to list "Star Wars: Rebels" items. For the high-end items, you have the added benefit of avoiding international shipping and customs/duty fees. The following are selected items from their in stock list (prices are correct at time of writing):

  - Age of Rebellion: Onsaught at Arta I, adventure module, $49.99
  - The New Essential Guide to Alien Species, paperback, $43.99
  - R2-D2 Gents Stainless Steel Watch, $399.99
  - Tarkin, hardback, $39.99
  - Stormtrooper Gents Stainless Steel Watch, $399.99
  - Sideshow Echo & Fives Clone Trooper Set, $379.99
  - Boba Fett ArtFx+ Statue, $84.99
  - Stormtrooper ArtFx+ Statue Set, $134.99
  - Star Wars Costumes, hardback, $79.99
  - Star Wars Rebels Calendar 2015, $24.99
  - Star Wars Rebels: Rebel Journal, $17.99
  - Star Wars Sith Single Duvet Set, $69.99
  - Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir, trade paperback, $25.99.

You can review their Star Wars selection at this link.

Matt G

22 Nov 2014 :: Quality Bakers Cards

Quality Bakers Cards

From the selection of SWNZ Feature Articles (Sep 2007): Here's some Star Wars memorabilia offered with another staple food item: the Quality Bakers bread cards. This set of collectible cards came out in 1997, in conjunction with a promotion and... ...MORE

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20 Nov 2014 :: 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

Anaria

17 Nov 2014 :: Star Wars Clube Portugal - Roger Christian Interview

Here's an exclusive interview (Portuguese and English versions available) with Roger Christian: Star Wars Clube Portugal. Roger Christian is a renowned English film director and production designer, Academy award winner, who made the Jedi their first laser swords.

Check out the SWORA website at www.SWORA.info, and their Facebook page at Facebook.com/The.SWORA.

Matt G

04 Nov 2014 :: Fanfair Hobby Event, Auckland

Fanfair Hobby Event, Auckland

The Fanfair hobby event is taking place in Auckland this weekend (Saturday 8th November). Click on the above image for full details, and/or visit their Facebook page.

Discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Matt G

03 Nov 2014 :: Collecting with a Code of Honour

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Star Wars New Zealand supports the "Collect to Collect" programme, an ideology initiated by Rebelscum.com to promote a cooperative Star Wars collecting community. The following perspective encapsulates the rationale for that philosophy...

It was on a cold August morning in 2008 that I found myself huddled outside a Toyworld store in the Wellington CBD. That day marked the release of the first wave of figures for the upcoming The Clone Wars film, and a small group of die-hard fans had gathered for the 7:30am opening. For us, it was the end of an era. The Clone Wars was (we thought) the final time we would see a new Star Wars film on the big screen - and the last chance we'd have to attend a corresponding merchandise launch. The promise of new plastic candy would have been enough to drag me out of bed, but the added bonus of a complimentary ticket to a preview screening of the film sealed the deal.

It was my first time around other hard-core collectors and, in all honesty, I didn't know what to expect. There were a number of figures I was desperate to get my hands on, but that would be in short supply thanks to Hasbro's unfathomable distribution system... ...MORE

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02 Nov 2014 :: Auckland Armageddon 2014 Report

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One of the larger events on the convention calendar, the Auckland Armageddon Expo continues to grow and attract a progressively bigger audience each year. Apparently the estimated audience over the 4 days of this 2014 event topped the 70 thousand mark. When interpreted through a per capita lens (i.e., taking in to account our city/national population levels) that makes it as popular as the likes of New York Comic Con. Such a congregation of patrons doesn't come without cost, however. Despite the organisers implementing a few changes to streamline ticket purchases and door entry, which at least seemed to keep the queues from spilling out on to Greenlane Road, the noise and incidents of pedestrian gridlock posed some challenges for both attendees and exhibitors.

Hopefully subsequent events will see further improvement in that decibel level and foot-traffic management - but we're not here to focus on the negative. This was an occasion that saw Star Wars costumers and cosplayers aplenty, and more than a token offering of Star Wars merchandise from multiple vendors. The local contingents of the Rebel Legion and 501st Legion were present in full force, with nearly 3 dozen costumed members collecting donations for The Child Cancer Foundation, at a booth based around a console section of the first Death Star. We also saw an upsurge in quality and fun Star Wars costumes among the general audience, across all points in the age spectrum.

Shopping was good. SWNZ affiliates Reel Collectibles and MightyApe had complementary selections of products each... ...MORE

Matt G

31 Oct 2014 :: 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

25 Oct 2014 :: Auckland Armageddon Expo

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Photos from the preview night of Auckland Armageddon are up in this gallery.

Discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Matt G

24 Oct 2014 :: Auckland Armageddon Expo

Fundraising for Child Cancer Foundation

The Auckland Armageddon Expo is on in Greenlane over this long weekend. We've already been in during the set-up phase, and there seems to be some interesting Star Wars bits & pieces to see and photograph.

Come along to see Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion and Rebel Legion, fundraising for the Child Cancer Foundation.

Stay tuned to this page for updates and photo galleries over the duration of the convention.

Discuss this topic in the SWNZ Message Boards.

Matt G

23 Oct 2014 :: 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, $31.35.
  - Star Wars - Costumes, hardback, $66.11.
  - The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Star Wars Action Figures, 1977-1985, paperback, $36.14.
  - Star Wars Rebels: Droids in Distres, paperback. $6.71 .
  - Star Wars R2-D2's Droid Workshop, novelty book, $27.09.
  - Star Wars Art - Posters (limited edition), hardcover with cloth case, $441.52.
  - Star Wars Legacy - Empire of One, paperback, $23.47.
  - Rebel Heist, paperback, $23.47.
  - Star Wars Rebels: Rebel Journal, hardback, $14.69.
  - Rebels: A New Dawn, hardback, $31.72.
  - Star Wars Rebels Annual 2015, hardback, $16.24.
  - Star Wars Annual 2015, hardback, $16.48.

Matt G

22 Oct 2014 :: Star Wars: Rebels on TV2

SkyTV's Disney channels don't seem to have any more episodes of 'Star Wars: Rebels' listed at the moment, but TV2 will be screening the pilot on Monday 27th October, 4:05pm (and then repeating an hour later on TV2plus) - TV Guide link.

Matt G

21 Oct 2014 :: 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 Star Wars:Rebels novel "A New Dawn" by prolific Star Wars author John Jackson Miller).

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

20 Oct 2014 :: 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

18 Oct 2014 :: 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:

  - We've often heard it said that it is difficult to find variety among Star ... ...MORE
  - So, assuming a midnight release for The Force Awakens (and I'd wager ... ...MORE
  - Just went to see The Hobbit: BOTFA on the IMAX screen today...and they played ... ...MORE
  - Looking to Star Wars-ify the Christmas stockings of friends or family (or your ... ...MORE
  - Timeline PhotosWishing you All the very best this Holiday Season...! ... ...MORE
  - Star Wars EP7 character names (at least the ones in the trailer) are revealed ... ...MORE
  - Star Wars Hot Wheels cars are showing up in Farmers department stores around ... ...MORE
  - Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day - December 19th 2014 - a great event ... ...MORE

Matt G


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