A suggestion to Star Wars celebrities regarding autographs.

by Darth Danno
on 2018-04-18, 07:38:30

One of the stars at C2E2 this year was Alan Tudyk, known for playing many roles in many features, but best known to Star Wars fans as K-2SO. Now I had already gotten his autograph last Celebration, but currently I’m getting a huge “Rogue One” tattoo on my back, and ...

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I heard a ***RUMOR***

by Darth Danno
on 2018-04-18, 07:28:54

Was at C2E2 the first Friday in April and in walking through artist's alley, I ran into one of the artists who normally does exclusive prints for SWC and he told me that what he's been hearing is that the next Celebration will be held someplace where they've never held a Celebration before. Now that's contrary to what's been going around that next year they're returning to Anaheim. He also said that an official announcement about it should be forthcoming either on May the 4th, or to coincide with the release of "Solo; A Star Wars Story". Now today I saw online that an announcement regarding next year's Celebration will indeed be coming on May the 4th, so the artist was spot on there. We'll just have to wait and see about the location. Wherever it may be…I'M GOING!!!



GREAT NEWS on the Droids Customs front!

by Bill Cable
on 2018-04-11, 08:11:00

Back in October of 2016 I put in an order for a new run of custom Droids-style blisters to my Bubble Guy. The run would be for 7 new characters. My Bubble Guy is over in the UK, and is a former hard-core action figure customizer. He has a vacuform table that he used to make bubbles for his own customs, but he's since retired from the hobby. He agreed to make some bubbles for me because he likes my art (and because I'm paying him, obviously).

So after that initial request, I didn't hear anything for a while. Not uncommon - the guy has a real life outside vacuforming. In April 2017 I reached out again, as I'd just finished my IG-88 custom run. He replied that he loved the IG-88, and the molds were all set for the 7 new characters. The bubbles would be ready shortly!

In June 2017 he emailed me to tell me he was having problems with his vacuform table. No suction!

When I checked in September, it was still broken.

When I checked in December, it was still broken.

In January, he ordered a new part from the manufacturer, thinking that was the problem.

In March he installed the new part, and it did not resolve the problem.

And then just this last weekend, I received an email from my Bubble Guy. Turns out, there was a spring missing. Once that was replaced - SUCCESS!!

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So once he had a few days off he'll pull my bubbles and I'll be all set for my next run of customs! I've already started some pencil art so I'm ready to hit the ground running. Happy days!!



I got the goods to scratch your Vintage itch!!

by Bill Cable
on 2018-04-11, 06:51:07

A few weeks back I answered a For Sale post on CraigsList and scored a very nice Vintage collection from the original owner. It contained all of the first 21 figures, with dupes of Boba Fett, Stormtrooper and Jawa.

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I offered them for sale at admittedly aggressive prices on Facebook, and sold seven of them. Not one to be messing around, I posted the rest over on eBay, where you, dear friend can now bid on them!

I gotta say, these were some cherry figures. The original owner obviously took great care with them. All of the weapons are original. The limbs are tight across the board. The Cantina aliens, in particular, are among the cleanest Vintage loose figures I've come across. So check out the auctions so you don't miss out on a tremendous oppertunity!



Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with the Jizzwail Jukebox

by Beedo Sookcool
on 2018-04-10, 11:43:32

I found out that April is Jazz Appreciation Month in the USA. Frankly, I am appalled that it’s not a global observation. I love most forms of music, but I adore jazz. Like many of our generation, I got introduced to it through cartoons. As I got older, the number ...

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Happy Birthday Regal Robot!

by Darth Danno
on 2018-04-10, 08:11:47

It was a year ago this week that Tom Spina's new company: "Regal Robot" debuted at Star Wars Celebration! My, how time flies. I was so hoping that "RR" would have made an appearance at C2E2 here in Chicago this past weekend, but alas, it wasn't to be. Oh well, there's always WizardWorld Chicago in August (right Tom? ??) To celebrate their first year, "RR" is having a sale where you can save 10% on everything site-wide! (Now, if only they made trees that grew money so I could afford to buy everything that was available on their site!)

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The products this company puts out, from its realistic Bantha skulls, to it's awesome SW-themed tables and chairs, are items not to be missed, and certainly worthy to be added to any collection. Personally I hope the Sarlacc table they've posted pics of on social media becomes a reality because that's exceptionally AWESOME in my opinion!

The stellar work of this company certainly reflects back on its creator, Tom Spina. One of the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet, and no Celebration is complete, for me at least, if I don't seek him out to simply shake his hand and say "hi" to him. I could go on for paragraphs and paragraphs about all the "Regal Robot" awesomeness you could possibly own in your own home, but I feel their website does a much better job than me, so go to http://www.regalrobot.com/news/regal-birthday-sale-2018/ for all the info. But you better hurry, because this sale only lasts through April 16th!



Action Figures & Their Beers - I shall rain down upon thee

by Beedo Sookcool
on 2018-04-06, 10:11:17

INNIS & GUNN BLOOD RED SKY

Over on the Facebook beer group to which Bill and I belong, I’ve been seeing a number of posts about several Innis & Gunn beers which I’ve never actually seen, myself. And as I live on the island those beers come from, I figured ...

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Star Wars Figures Worst to First - DROIDS!

by Bill Cable
on 2018-04-04, 07:38:11

It's been eight months since our last Worst to First countdown. And I don't really have a good excuse for it, except to say we were busy.

With our animated Droids countdown, we got experimental. Check out the animated backgrounds! Just nobody tell Nelvana, okay? And this countdown is destined to be controversial. We go no-holds-barred against some sacred cows.

And don't be surprised with the exclusion of Fett and A-Wing Pilot. As with all our previous countdowns, we only included figures that premiered on those cardbacks.



CreatureCantina celebrates a quiet 17th Anniversary at home

by Bill Cable
on 2018-04-04, 07:35:42

This week marks 17 years that CreatureCantina has been publishing Star Wars collecting news and humor. That includes 11 consecutive years covering Toy Fair, and covering Star Wars Celebrations going back to 2002!

And comic strips. So many comic strips. What it must have been like having that much free time...

After doing sixteen of these anniversary things already, it's past the time of making a big deal out of them. This year CreatureCantina just wants to sit under a blanket with a good book drinking tea, and to turn in early for a good night's sleep. Maybe at year 20 we'll go to Branson or something...



Back the Barge - updated!

by Darth Danno
on 2018-04-04, 07:31:11

With just over 9 hours to go, as of writing this, the number of orders placed for Jabba's sail barge: the "Khetanna" has totaled 7,800, so we did it!! (Final number as of 9am: 8810. -BC) WOO HOO!!! Let's all go to "Denny's" to celebrate that, plus the start of their "Solo: A Star Wars Story" promotion. With the success of this project, who knows what HasLab will tackle next? Personally, I'm hoping for a life-size Rey action figure, but that's just me. This is truly a momentous occasion, worthy of being declared a national holiday. So take the day off, you deserve it!

A HUGE "Thank You!" to all those who "backed the barge", and to all of you who are still "on the fence" as it were, you don't have much time left! Don't let this sail off into the Dune Sea without you, Jabba would be most displeased.



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