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Episode 396: Orange, Black, and Silver

2013-06-16 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Note: Starting in May, 2013 an Apple iTunes update changed the iTunes Miniplayer. This update broke the ability to view enhanced podcast images in iTunes. Our podcasts are still enhanced and the images still appear in Quicktime, Windows Media Player, and on the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. We hope a future update will fix this problem in iTunes, but in the meantime you can let Apple know you want enhanced podcast images back in iTunes at https://ssl.apple.com/support/feedback/The 3.75-inch Black Series is looming and new packaged shots are being released of the first wave of figures with Padme, Biggs, Luke, Vader, and more. But despite the eagerness of Star Wars collectors for new figures, fans are having a mixed reaction to the new packaging for these figures. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast hosts Marjorie and Arnie are joined by their Marvelicious Toys co-host Justin, a graphic designer and packaging expert, to examine Hasbro's latest Star Wars designs. Also on this week's show, Johnathan updates us what's in stores and online, Steve the Gingerprince reports from Collectormania, and Arnie and Marjorie celebrate a new Ewok LEGO set. All that and more on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!Plus on this week's show is an update on Third Annual SDCC Star Wars Fan Breakfast! On Friday, July 19th, at 7:30 a.m. come to the Edgewater Grill at Seaport Village to talk Star Wars with friends! It's walking distance from the convention center, and prizes will be given away from sponsors Hallmark, Uncle Milton, Diamond Select Toys, Kotobukiya, Random House Audio, and more! There is no cost to attend, just pay for what you order for breakfast! To attend, just RSVP by July 10th to fanbreakfast@swactionnews.com with how many people are in your party and we hope to see you in San Diego!…

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Episode 395: Hasbro Flips Collectors the (Angry) Bird at SDCC

2013-06-09 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Note: Starting in May, 2013 an Apple iTunes update changed the iTunes Miniplayer. This update broke the ability to view enhanced podcast images in iTunes. Our podcasts are still enhanced and the images still appear in Quicktime, Windows Media Player, and on the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. We hope a future update will fix this problem in iTunes, but in the meantime you can let Apple know you want enhanced podcast images back in iTunes at https://ssl.apple.com/support/feedback/ San Diego Comic-Con is just a month away and Star Wars collectible companies like Hasbro, Gentle Giant, Hallmark, and Diamond Select Toys have been revealing their 2013 convention exclusives! Listen to this week's Star Wars Action News podcast to find out what people at the con will be fighting over, and those at home will be left to drool over. The hosts also discuss CE2 exclusives, including the announced CE2 art prints, and how international collectors may be able to get some of their money back on these great pieces. Plus on this week's show the Third Annual SDCC Star Wars Fan Breakfast is announced! On Friday, July 19th, at 7:30 a.m. come to the Edgewater Grill at Seaport Village to talk Star Wars with friends! It's walking distance from the convention center, and prizes will be given away from sponsors Hallmark, Uncle Milton, Diamond Select Toys, Random House Audio, and more! There is no cost to attend, just pay for what you order for breakfast! To attend, just RSVP by July 10th to fanbreakfast@swactionnews.com with how many people are in your party and we hope to see you in San Diego!…

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Episode 394: Size Matters Not, Unless It's LEGO

2013-05-26 :: Venganza Media Inc.

This week in New York City LEGO revealed the largest Star Wars LEGO set ever--a life-sized X-Wing! Accompanied by a much more modestly sized Toys R Us Times Square exclusive set, and Yoda mini-figure, this spectacle was all to promote Wednesday's premiere of The Yoda Chronicles on Cartoon Network. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast Marjorie and Arnie review some of the exclusive LEGO sets commemorating the premiere. Also on this week's show, new pre-orders from Sideshow Collectibles, a run down of new art available from Acme Archives, and a discussion of the first US site to have the 6-inch Black Series Star Wars figures up for preorder. All this and more on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast! …

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Episode 393: We've Got the Need, The Need for Theed

2013-05-19 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Star Wars Action News hosts Marjorie and Arnie have reported many times on the Toy Man Toy Show in St. Louis, MO. Sunday, May 19th, was the most recent show and had Star Wars represented from all era, from 12-Back carded vintage figures to the most modern of Hasbro toys. Listen to find out if you should visit St. Louis for the next Toy Man show on July 14th! Also on this week's podcast, Brock reviews Dawn of the Jedi--Into the Void, Jerry continues looking back at Return of the Jedi toys from 30 years ago, Johnathan reviews the new Endor AT-AT, and Steve reports from Star Wars Fun Day in the UK! With details on how to get the Endor AT-AT for 20% off and a bendy Artoo, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 392: Exclusively Inclusive

2013-05-12 :: Venganza Media Inc.

For many, the joys and pains of collecting can be summed up in one word--exclusive. A hard-to-obtain, limited piece can be the prize of a collection both as a rarity and as a memory of a trip. But obtaining these exclusives often is difficult for many either involving expensive trips or high premiums on the secondary market. But as the 2013 convention season commences new exclusives are being announced every week. Last week came news of Hasbro's San Diego Comic-Con exclusive Han in Carbonite and Boba Fett Black Series 6-inch figures. Now on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast Marjorie and Arnie look at exclusives announced for Star Wars Celebration Europe 2. From T-Shirts to posters to pins, the first round of exclusive merchandise offers some collectibles with a vintage style and others with a more modern and German flare. Join their discussion and start your shopping list now! Also on this week's show, a run-down on the Toys R Us exclusive Endor AT-AT, a report from the C2E2 Vintage Toy Auction, a review of Super 7's exclusive Leia Story print, and more! …

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Episode 391: Into the Void with Tim Lebbon

2013-05-05 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Tomorrow a new era in Star Wars Expanded Universe novels beings with the release of Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void. Written by Tim Lebbon and based on the Dark Horse comic series Dawn of the Jedi this book tells of Force users twenty-five thousand years before the battle of Yavin. It's the first Star Wars novel set so early in the timeline, and also the first Star Wars novel by Lebbon. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast Arnie talks to Tim about the process of writing this novel and the themes throughout. Also on this week's show, Berent went to Disneyland and talked to artist Mike Kungl who was revealing new works. He talks about his upcoming prints from Acme Archives, works Lucasfilm rejected, and his latest Jabba art piece. Listen to find out about them and find out how to win one of Kungl's Rebel Alliance--Defend and Protect prints! With a Free Comic Book Day report from St. Louis, a con report from the UK, May the Fourth sales, and reports of Endor AT-AT spottings, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast.…

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Episode 390: C2E2 with Jeffrey Brown

2013-04-28 :: Venganza Media Inc.

This past weekend was the C2E2 convention in Chicago, Illinois. In its fourth year, C2E2 has grown to fill an entire hall at McCormick Place. With no major stars like Val Kilmer and John Cusack to headline, the star wattage was a little bit dimmer, but that doesn't mean there wasn't tons to do at the con. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast, hosts Arnie, Marjorie, and Johnathan are joined by Chris, Sarah, and Yakface.com's Jayson live on the C2E2 floor! Listen as they run down their impressions of the convention, with tons of Star Wars collecting! From vintage finds to modern, high end and low end, plus custom items like coffee mugs and art, they discuss it all. Also this week, Arnie sits down with Darth Vader and Son author Jeffrey Brown to talk about that book, the recently released follow-up Vader's Little Princess, and his upcoming Scholastic book Jedi Academy.With news from Sunday's vintage toy auction, special collectibles for May the 4th, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News!…

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Episode 389: A Blueprint for Adventure

2013-04-21 :: Venganza Media Inc.

When the book Star Wars: The Blueprints by J. W. Rinzler was released in 2011 few could argue that it was not an impressive collection of schematics and a wealth of information about the construction of some of the most iconic creations in movie history. But also, few could afford the massive book. Now the book has been rereleased in a more shelf-friendly size and at a more affordable price. Listen to find out how this new release compares to the original, and if you should pick this up. With Steve reviewing the Star Wars Steelbook releases and Johnathan discussing his latest Star Wars display, it's all in this week's Star Wars Action News podcast! And be sure to look for Arnie, Marjorie, and Johnathan this weekend at C2E2! Stop them and get a free convention exclusive Star Wars Action News badge with a code that can be redeemed for an exclusive T-Shirt design! All thanks to our awesome graphic designer Chris!…

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Episode 388: Animated Ewok Attack

2013-04-14 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Correction/Clarification: We have received definitive information that the Disney Build-A-Droid is not at Downtown Disneyland, only Downtown Disneyworld. At Disneyland the Build-A-Droid is available in-park only. We're sorry for any confusion this may have caused. Star Wars fandom in early 2013 is full of highs and lows. While Hasbro idles, awaiting the release of new product later this year, and Disney continues to restructure their new purchase by closing LucasArts, other Star Wars licensees continue on! On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast, Marjorie and Arnie look at a couple of Star Wars collectible makers that offer exciting new products in this slow period of collecting.First up is Sideshow Collectibles, who's 12-inch Commander Wolffe figure went up for preorder last week, and who's Legendary Scale Darth Maul figure is in stock and ready to ship! Then we look at Gentle Giant, who just shipped their animated Ewok and Scout Trooper Maquette, and has for preorder two new jumbo figures and two new mini-busts!Plus we also look at one inventive collector who is keeping action figure collecting lively by offering 3-D items that bring your cantina diorama to life. It's all on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 387: It's Not Easy Buying Green (Cards)

2013-04-01 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Gentle Giant's Premiere Guild Memberships for 2013 started recently with two exclusive Premiere Guild Member mini-busts, a holographic Darth Vader and an Episode III Mace Windu. As they ponder their gift for 2013, Marjorie and Arnie look back this podcast at two mini-busts for PGM members in 2012, the Rebel Trooper from A New Hope and a white Republic Commando from the Expanded Universe.Also this podcast, Brock reviews the recent novel The Last Jedi, Javier reports in on green card figure finds in Mexico, and we report on a very cool, 2-week limited art print from J.K. Woodward. All this and more on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 386: St. Louis is Wizard!

2013-03-24 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Wizard World conventions are a staple for sci-fi and comic book fans. Having produced their multi-city conventions for years in Philadelphia, Chicago, and many other cities, they now expand their reach deeper in the midwest this year with Wizard World St. Louis! Marjorie and Arnie were at the con meeting Star Wars fans, celebrities, and seeing what Star Wars collectibles were for sale! With the 2014 St. Louis convention already announced, should you save the date? Listen to Arnie & Marjorie's report to find out!Also this week, Johnathan is back with a look at the 2013 Movie Heroes action figures, Jerry gives a Vintage Viewpoint from Endor, and Steve the Gingerprince reports in from the UK--with a chance for one lucky listener to win some of the 2013 Yoda carded Clone Wars figures not released in the USA! …

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Episode 385: C-3PO Is Happy To See You

2013-03-17 :: Venganza Media Inc.

The stores are full of the same ol', same ol', not because there are no new Star Wars action figures but because the stores are so full of 2012 figures that Hasbro is only shipping the new 2013 figures to other countries. If you want the 2013 Yoda carded Clone Wars and Movie Heroes figures American Star Wars collectors need to buy from Canada or Germany at considerable expense in shipping and surcharges. Is it worth it? Marjorie and Arnie have the final wave of Clone Wars figures in hand from a Canadian seller, and review each figure on this week's Star Wars Action News! Listen to find out if these repacks, repaints, and retools are worth your bounty.And speaking of bounty, on this week's podcast is one bad bounty hunter -- Bossk! Sideshow's 12-inch Bossk figure is in stock and shipping now, and Star Wars Action News reviews the exclusive version on this week's show. With interchangeable hands, feet, and head (with the exclusive version) listen to hear the hosts' thoughts on this latest sixth-scale figure!With a vintage filled report from the Toy Man Toy Show in St. Louis, a way to get an exclusive T-Shirt design this weekend at Wizard World St. Louis, and more, it's all in this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 384: Bishoujo and Jocasta Nu

2013-03-10 :: Venganza Media Inc.

With few new Hasbro Star Wars toys showing up in stores, Star Wars collectors and podcast hosts Marjorie and Arnie must look online to build their collection. On this week's podcast, they review two new mail-order additions to their collection! First, they review the Brian's Toys exclusive Jocasta Nu action figure from Hasbro. Then they look at the first statue in Kotobukiya's new Star Wars Bishoujo line--Jaina Solo.Star Wars Action News segment host Nathan P. Butler has also kept busy collecting the variant covers for Dark Horse's new Star Wars #1 comic book. How many covers are there and how far will Nathan go to get them all? Listen to this week's podcast to find out!With a UK collecting report by Steve "The Gingerprince" and Johnathan giving tips on collecting the Yoda carded Clone Wars and Movie Heroes figures, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 383: A Wave-Full of Yakface

2013-03-03 :: Venganza Media Inc.

For fans of Star Wars 3.75-inch figures the news is bad. No new figures will be shipping for months, rumors of Target removing all Star Wars items from their toy aisles abound, and the last wave of Clone Wars figures can only be found in Germany and Canada. On this episode of Star Wars Action News, your hosts Marjorie and Arnie run down the state of collecting, and discuss how far they are willing to go in search of these new figures.But not all is bleak; new Star Wars novelty items are appearing in the holiday aisles of Toys R Us and Target. From pastel Vader heads to bunny-eared Stormtroopers, the hosts review the new product hitting shelves.With a discussion of the newest item in Sideshow's Star Wars Mythos line of statues, bargain-priced Hasbro toys, and more, it's all in this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 382: Toy Fair 2013 Part 3 - From the Toy Fair Floor

2013-02-18 :: Venganza Media Inc.

While Hasbro has held the biggest focus coming out of Toy Fair 2013, there were plenty of other companies presenting and revealing new Star Wars items for 2013. On this episode of Star Wars Action News, Marjorie and Arnie report on all the rest, from Kotobukiya with their lines of statues and Bishoujos to Uncle Milton's science-based Star Wars items, from Fantasy Flight Games with their Star Wars card, mini, and role-playing games to Diamond Select with their bust banks. Plus LEGO with a slew of new sets for all price ranges! Hear it all in this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!Then when you're done listening, let us know your thoughts! Leave us a voicemail at 415-508-JEDI or send an MP3 to show@swactionnews.com so we can record your reaction to all the Star Wars Toy Fair collecting news!…

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Episode 381: Toy Fair 2013 Part 2 - Hasbro Star Wars Brand Presentation

2013-02-14 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Collector response to Hasbro's reveals at Toy Fair 2013 were widely varied. Many collectors expressed disappointment at the reduced articulation in many of the figures, the cancellation of the Clone Wars animated figure style, and the reduction in the number of figures being released. Other collectors celebrated the high articulation found in the Black Series 3.75-inch figures, as well as the brand new line of 6-inch figures coming from Hasbro. But you've heard Marjorie & Arnie's thoughts, now hear from Hasbro themselves as we present their entire Star Wars Brand Fan Media presentation! Hear as they discuss the overseas popularity of 12-inch figures, as well as the big reveal of the Star Wars 6-inch Black Series figures!Then when you're done listening, let us know your thoughts! Leave us a voicemail at 415-508-JEDI or send an MP3 to show@swactionnews.com so we can record your reaction to all the Star Wars Toy Fair collecting news!…

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Episode 380: Toy Fair 2013 Part 1 - Hasbro

2013-02-10 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Toy Fair 2013 is here and Star Wars Action News is your podcast source for Star Wars collecting news coverage! On this podcast, Marjorie and Arnie recap and review the Hasbro Fan Media presentation. From the Black Series 6-inch and 3.75-inch collector oriented figures to the new 5 points of articulation sporting Saga Legends figures, Angry Birds, Fighter Pods, and more. Forget the rumors you've heard, on this podcast you'll hear first hand reactions to seeing the new 2013 product, as well as behind-the-scenes information such as how many 3.75-inch Black Series figures are scheduled for 2013, how The Phantom Menace 3-D hurt Star Wars collectors, and the status of the Vintage boxed Endor AT-AT in the states. All this and more in the first part of Star Wars Action News' 2013 Toy Fair Coverage!…

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Episode 379: Back in Black

2013-02-04 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Marjorie and Arnie are back, in black with the new Black Series of Star Wars figures coming from Hasbro! On this week's podcast, the hosts of Star Wars Action News discuss Hasbro's reveal of new, collector-oriented, highly articulated 6-inch Star Wars figures. Is this a lightspeed jump for figure collectors, or a desperate retread? Listen to find out their opinions! With a discussion on JJ Abrams directing Episode VII, the "postponing" of the 3-D converted Episode II and III films, and Johnathan bringing a report from the Gurnee toy show, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 378: I'm a Shadow Boxer, Baby

2013-01-20 :: Venganza Media Inc.

For many collectors the question is not "do I buy it" but "how do I display it after it's bought". Those who follow Star Wars Action News on Facebook and Twitter have seen Jerry share some of his unique, inventive ways of displaying vintage Kenner dioramas, and now Jerry shares his methods with you on the podcast! If you want to hear a new method to display your Star Wars toys, this is a show not to miss! Also this week, the gang's all here! Nathan joins Arnie to look at Dark Horse's Star Wars #1, Brock reviews Timothy Zahn's novel scoundrels, and Johnathan and Steve share their latest Star Wars toy finds in the US and the UK. All this and more in this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 377: Read My Lips, No New Figures

2013-01-13 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Star Wars Action News is back with its first show of 2013. Join hosts Marjorie and Arnie as they discuss the big news revealed by Hasbro last week--the Droid Factory line of figures, slated for early 2013, has been cancelled. Where does this leave action figure collectors, and what will the long-term impact be to the line? Listen to find out their thoughts! But despite no Droid Factory figures, new Star Wars toys are available online and in stores. In this week's podcast Marjorie and Arnie review the four new mini-rig vehicles released by Hasbro for 2013, the 501st Legion Attack Dropship, the MTT Droid Fighter, the 501st Legion AT-RT, and Yoda's Jedi Attack Fighter. Now coming with two figures, and a higher price point, listen to find out if you should hunt these for your collection. With a Jar-Jar-tastic Christmas haul, a new Sideshow 1/6 scale figure, and much more, it's all in this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 376: 2012 Year In Review Part III: Expanded Universe, High End, and Best of the Year!

2012-12-30 :: Venganza Media Inc.

In addition to all the toys collectors added to their shelves this year, it's been an amazing year for Star Wars expanded universe fans! From a return to the X-Wing book series to the conclusion of the Fate of the Jedi series, books from the Old Republic to the New Republic, comics, Clone Wars, and so much more it was an expansive year for Star Wars fans. In this week's Star Wars Action News, Nathan and Brock reflect on the year in Star Wars Expanded Universe, then the rest of the crew weigh in with their favorites. With high-end collecting in 2012, and their favorite collectibles of the year, it's all in the last Star Wars Action News podcast of the year!…

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Episode 375: 2012 Year In Review Part II: Hasbro and Toys

2012-12-23 :: Venganza Media Inc.

For Star Wars toy collectors 2012 has been exciting and frustrating in equal measure. Some of the best figures in the history of Star Wars were released, but most collectors had trouble finding them. Astromech fans had a dream come true with Disneyworld offering build-a-droid sets, and the frenzy for parts left many little droids without a third leg or a hat. Taking in all that was Star Wars toy collecting in 2012, Marjorie and Arnie are joined by other collectors reflecting on 2012 in this week's second part of the Star Wars Action News year in review!…

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Episode 374: 2012 Year In Review Part I: 3-D, Disney, and Celebration

2012-12-16 :: Venganza Media Inc.

It's been a great year to be a Star Wars fan. The year started with Star Wars once again in theaters as The Phantom Menace kicked off the Star Wars 3-D conversions, the summer ended with a bang at Star Wars Celebration VI, and then the dreams of Star Wars fans worldwide came true when it was announced that there will be more Star Wars films, the first just 3 years away! Looking back at the year that was, listen to Star Wars Action News hosts Marjorie and Arnie are joined by a number of friends and show hosts to look back at what 2012 meant to Star Wars fans.…

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Episode 373: Toy Run For Tots

2012-12-10 :: Venganza Media Inc.

It's the holiday season and for Star Wars Action News hosts its a time to reflect back on childhood, getting an AT-AT under the Christmas tree, holiday shopping for an Empire Strikes Back Yoda and more. But many children today won't have memories like those, but organizations like Toys For Tots are there to help. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast, Marjorie and Arnie take you on a toy run unlike any they've recorded before, where they're buying toys not for their own collection but to donate to a Toys For Tots that's much in need. Listen, then donate some toys!Also on this week's podcast, the Star Wars Action News crew join in with their own Star Wars collecting news. Johnathan reviews some of the final Vintage Collection figures, Brock gives a review of Annihilation--the latest Old Republic novel, and Steve the Gingerprince joins us with a UK report including some recent birthday gifts and new figure finds across the pod.With the last Toy Man Toy Show of 2012, some online Vintage Collection bargains, and more, it's on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 372: Repair or Repurchase?

2012-12-03 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Eventually it will happen to all collectibles: they break, yellow, decay, or degrade. The passage of time eventually will cause all collectibles to lose their mint condition. Ask not for who's collectibles the bell tolls, it tolls for thine. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast, Marjorie and Arnie discuss what happened to one of their Star Wars holiday snow globes, and how it changed their entire view of the collecting hobby! Also this week, several new items have started to ship, including the eFX Collectibles TIE Fighter scaled replica, the Hasbro four-figure 104TH Battalion "Wolf Pack" of figures, and Steve Sansweet's Ultimate Action Figure Collection book. We discuss each of these releases, with a review of the four figures in Hasbro's pack and an in-depth look at the latest book from Steve Sansweet detailing every Star Wars action figure released since 1978. With a discounted Vintage boxed Millennium Falcon, some hard to find mini rig vehicles at retail, and crafty gift ideas, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 371: Black Friday Deals and 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

2012-11-22 :: Venganza Media Inc.

It's Thanksgiving and once again Marjorie and Arnie are back with their special annual episode of Star Wars Action News running down all the Star Wars items on sale this weekend! From half-off vehicles and toys at Toys R Us to 8 figures for $25 at Wal-Mart, Dark Horse comics for under a dollar each, and so much more, listen to find out which stores you need to hit tomorrow (or tonight)! And also in this episode the Star Wars Action News hosts look at all the items you can buy your Star Wars loving friend or family member for the holidays. All price ranges are covered from Hasbro action figures up to Gentle Giant's newest statue and maquette releases. Listen to find their recommendations for hot holiday items, and a few things you may not have even known about! Finally this week, Star Wars Action News has long been a supporter of Toys For Tots. Listen to this week's episode to find out about a special eBay auction being run for a custom Death Trooper with all proceeds going to buy toys for a Toys For Tots donation! It's all in this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 370: Clone Taper Caper

2012-11-12 :: Venganza Media Inc.

At Five Below stores across the country an unusual figure is showing up. It was first reported at Jedi Temple Archives.com and has been spotted by many collectors, including Arnie and Marjorie of Star Wars Action News. It's a variant of the 212th Battalion Clone Trooper with a more detailed, more white helmet. But the odd thing is, the figure has seemingly been opened, then taped back shut. Have you found this new variant? Hear about the figure part swap on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast! Also on this week's show, more finds at discounted prices, from other Star Wars collectibles at Five Below to hard-to-find exclusives at TJ Maxx, to value bundles at Toys R Us. Plus holiday items hitting store shelves, Lego sales, and a hint of Black Friday (or is that Thursday) sales next week! With an X-Wing miniatures gameplay review by Darth Cheddar, Steve the Gingerprince updating us on his collecting, and a review of the Angry Birds iPhone game, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 369: A Mouse in the House

2012-11-05 :: Venganza Media Inc.

It's been exactly one week since the news broke: Disney buys Lucasfilm, Episode VII in 2015. It's a major change of course for a franchise that had long been declared dormant, and one that will have far-reaching impact on Star Wars collectors. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast, Marjorie and Arnie take your voicemails, giving podcast listeners the stage to share their excitement and their trepidation about this news. Plus updates on new Star Wars collectibles for sale online. All this and more on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 368: BREAKING NEWS: Disney buys Lucasfilm; Announces Episodes 7, 8, and 9

2012-10-30 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Many Star Wars fans had to check their calendars today. Was it April Fools' Day? Were the folks at Lucasfilm and Disney joining to play a Halloween prank on fans? But slowly the news set in -- for over four billion dollars Disney has bought Lucasfilm, with the primary focus being the Star Wars franchise. More, they are immediately beginning preproduction on Star Wars Episode VII with a planned release in Summer, 2015. It's the single biggest surprise since Vader said "No, I am your father." and now the Star Wars Action News team has gathered to gather the reaction from Star Wars fans and collectors. Join Marjorie, Arnie, Berent, Nathan, Jerry, Andrew, Jakob, and Steve the Gingerprince as they tell their initial reaction to the news, and what this means for their collecting. Listen to this special episode of Star Wars Action News, then call us and share your thoughts on this major revelation for Star Wars. Leave us a voicemail at 415-508-JEDI…

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Episode 367: Bring on the Barge

2012-10-28 :: Venganza Media Inc.

For years many fans' holy grail for the Star Wars 3.75-inch collection has been an original trilogy vehicle never realized in either vintage or modern era--Jabba's Sail Barge. The scale and scope of such a vehicle has made it seemingly prohibitive, but at this year's New York Comic-Con the Star Wars brand team mentioned that they could possibly do it. This has caused Star Wars fan sites, including Star Wars Action News, to unite like never before with the Bring on the Barge fan site petition. With the lofty goal of 10,000 signatures by Jan 31st this petition is to show Hasbro that there is a huge base of support in the community for a barge. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast, Marjorie and Arnie discuss the probability of such an item, and where it would fit in their collection. So listen to the show, head over and sign the petition, then come to the Star Wars Action News forums for their Poll of the Week and tell them how much you'd be willing to pay for the Barge. Also on this week's show, the Star Wars Angry Birds attack continues! The first reveal was Hasbro plush toys, but now large scale plushies and even adult Halloween costumes for Star Wars Angry Birds have been revealed! With sales on Vintage Collection exclusives, a big Toys R Us exclusive with a bigger price tag, and a look at the Star Wars X-Wing Miniature game, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 366: NYCC Toy Hunter

2012-10-21 :: Venganza Media Inc.

New York Comic Con was a great time for Star Wars fans. From new toy reveals from Hasbro and their Angry Birds Star Wars to new collectible and product announcements from Hallmark, Kotobukiya, and more, and convention veteran Mitchell Hallock was on-hand to cover it all. Join us on Star Wars Action News this week to hear his recollection of the con, along with interviews with Kotobukiya, Hallmark, Comic Images, and a discussion of Star Wars toys with Toy Hunter Hembrough! Also on this week's show, Johnathan joins us to discuss his latest finds in store, on line, and a special vintage purchase. With a Vinylmation contest winner and more, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 365: A New Star Wars Book Pops Up!

2012-10-14 :: Venganza Media Inc.

In 2007 Matthew Reinhart brought a new dimension to Star Wars books with Star Wars: A Pop Up Guide to the Galaxy, a book that helped redefine what a pop-up book could be for Star Wars fans. It quickly became a New York Times Bestseller and now Matthew is back with his follow up--Star Wars: A Galactic Pop-Up Adventure. General Grievous, Acklay, and more, this book has light up features, sounds, and so much more! And on this week's Star Wars Action News, Matthew joins Arnie and Marjorie to discuss this new prequel era book for fans of all ages! Also for fans of all ages, this past week Hasbro and Lucasfilm announced Star Wars Angry Birds, a videogame with toy tie-ins from Hasbro including an Early Angry Bird Kit! Some fans disdain this new license while others embrace it. Hear both sides of the discussion on this week's podcast. With new Hallmark Keepsake ornaments, a hands-on review of the new Hasbro Toys R Us exclusive Speeder Bike, your voicemails, news from New York Comic Con and more, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 364: Star Wars Action News Reads Day in Roseville

2012-10-07 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Last Saturday was the first annual Star Wars Reads Day, an event promoted by Del Rey and Lucasfilm to promote literacy in general, and the reading of Star Wars books in particular. Over 1,000 libraries and book stores across the country took part, with kits provided by Del Rey giving kids activities and crafts, and promoting Star Wars. Marjorie and Arnie of Star Wars Action News trekked to Roseville, MN for one of these events at Barnes & Noble with guests Troy Denning, John Jackson Miller, and Dan Wallace. On this episode of the podcast, they recap the events and share their hopes for next year's event to make it even better! And with Star Wars Reads day what better book is there than the Star Wars Essential Reader's Companion to introduce new readers to the Star Wars Expanded Universe? Star Wars Action News Book Club Liaison Brock provides an in-depth review of this new book on this show. With a recap of finds at the Toy Man Toy Show in St. Louis and the Fallcon convention in Roseville, new finds at Toys R Us, a die-cast C-3PO, and more, it's on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 363: Pablo Hidalgo's Essential Companion

2012-09-30 :: Venganza Media Inc.

On October 6, 2012 is the first Star Wars Reads day. Across the country bookstores will be hosting events celebrating Star Wars books, both fiction and nonfiction. Many stores are having Star Wars authors speak and autograph books, including the Barnes and Noble in Roseville, MN where Star Wars Action News hosts Marjorie and Arnie will be going to see authors Troy Denning, Daniel Wallace, and John Jackson Miller. With Star Wars Reads day being the biggest thing for Star Wars fans since Celebration VI, it is the perfect time for the release of Pablo Hidalgo's Star Wars: The Essential Reader's Companion. With Star Wars fiction predating the Star Wars films themselves, and with a constant stream of expanded universe novels coming for over twenty years, The Essential Reader's Companion provides summaries, trivia, and artwork for over 100 Star Wars adult novels, plus many more junior novels and comics besides! On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast, Arnie sits down with Pablo to discuss the inception of this new book and how it can be used by Star Wars readers of all experience levels--from those who've just read their first novel to the experienced reader who's consumed every book released! And also on this week's show, Star Wars fans and Disney fans alike go crazy for Disney's Vinylmation figures. Exclusive to the Disney theme parks, the second series of Vinylmations was released in August, simultaneous with Star Wars Celebration VI. Events were held on both coasts, at Disney World in Orlando, and Disneyland in California, and Podcast Enhancer Berent's significant other Carmilla attended Disneyland to get a set of these figures! On this week's podcast, listen to hear their impressions of this new series, and how you can win a full set of these figures from Star Wars Action News!…

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Episode 362: He's Alive...And In Perfect Hibernation

2012-09-24 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Star Wars Celebration VI is almost a month behind us, but the memories are still fresh, as are the collectibles! From coast to coast Celebration attendees are receiving their Disney Carbon Freeze Me statues! Marjorie and Arnie got theirs in the mail last week, so listen to this week's hands-on review of these truly one-of-a-kind collectibles! They'll tell you if it would be worth a Disney trip if these return to the theme parks. Also on this week's show, your Star Wars Action News hosts review a couple of high end Star Wars items, including Sideshow's one-sixth scale Greedo figure, and Gentle Giant's Emperor Palpatine Return of the Jedi mini-bust. With a discussion of the Vintage Droid Factory set and a segment from Republic Forces Radio Network's Johnathan updating you on the lastest toys in stores and online, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News!…

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Episode 361: Celebration VI Memories

2012-09-11 :: Venganza Media Inc.

With so much anticipation it's hard to believe Star Wars Celebration VI is over, but with all the good times come good memories! On this week's Star Wars Action News, Marjorie and Arnie listen to recounts of some of the best times people had at Star Wars Celebration VI, from meeting celebrities to shopping to making friends to just partying, you shared your thoughts on this episode of the podcast. Then Jerry comes with an unusual Vintage Viewpoint, looking at Celebration VI from the perspective of a vintage collector. From Celebration VI store items that harkened back to days of OT to some of the rare items seen on the show floor, Jerry recaps it all. With a store report on new exclusive items hitting shelves and more, it's all in this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 360 Part 5: It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Celebration

2012-09-04 :: Venganza Media Inc.

On Sunday night Star Wars Celebration was winding down, but the Collectors' Social Area still had hundreds of people pouring through trying to complete their Star Tots collection! Marjorie, Arnie, Berent, Jay, and Steve were all there handing out Star Tots but as the line grew longer the Star Wars Action News team took a break to reflect on the end of Star Wars Celebration VI. In this final episode of Celebration coverage, Marjorie, Arnie, Berent, Steve, and Scott from Tulsa reflect on the high points of C6, discuss Celebration Europe 2 in Germany, the release of both Episodes II and III in 3-D in 2013, and the SWAG they got and missed. Listen to this episode of Star Wars Action News, then share YOUR thoughts on Celebration. If you attended, what did you love? What did you see? Who did you meet? If you didn't attend, will you be attending Celebration Europe 2? Are you excited by the expedited release of the prequels? What did you think of Detours? Let us know at 415-508-JEDI or send an MP3 to show@swactionnews.com…

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Republic Forces Radio Network Celebration VI Clone Wars Coverage

2012-09-03 :: Venganza Media Inc.
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Clone Wars may still be on summer vacation, but at Star Wars Celebration VI the Wars raged on, and Republic Forces Radio Network hosts Jerry, Johnathan, and Arnie were there! From an early Season 5 premiere to something totally new called Young Jedi, listen for the report on Clone Wars from C6! This episode has very light spoilers for both Young Jedi and The Clone Wars Season 5 premiere. If you want to know absolutely nothing about the plots of these episodes, hold off on listening. However no major spoilers are revealed, saving those for when these episodes are shown on television.…

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Republic Forces Radio Network Celebration VI Clone Wars Coverage

2012-09-02 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Clone Wars may still be on summer vacation, but at Star Wars Celebration VI the Wars raged on, and Republic Forces Radio Network hosts Jerry, Johnathan, and Arnie were there! From an early Season 5 premiere to something totally new called Young Jedi, listen for the report on Clone Wars from C6! This episode has very light spoilers for both Young Jedi and The Clone Wars Season 5 premiere. If you want to know absolutely nothing about the plots of these episodes, hold off on listening. However no major spoilers are revealed, saving those for when these episodes are shown on television.…

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Episode 360 Part 4: On the Floor with Chris Gore

2012-08-26 :: Venganza Media Inc.

On Sunday Star Wars Celebration VI started to wind down, but Marjorie and Arnie were still going strong. Marjorie had her new tattoo, Arnie had a number of purchases, and they were recording all about it at The Force United booth! But this podcast ended up being Podcrashed by Chris Gore. Chris was covering Celebration for StarWars.com and he sits down with Star Wars Action News to discuss his fandom of Star Wars, what he's enjoyed at Celebration, and the crazy things that happened at the 501st party at the Grotto!…

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Episode 360 Part 3: Live from Celebration VI, Saturday Afternoon

2012-08-25 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Celebration VI was underway, George Lucas was taking a Detour on stage, but Marjorie, Arnie, and a number of Star Wars Action News listeners were still having fun in the Star Wars Collectors' Social Area Saturday at noon! Listen to the second live podcast from the show where the Star Wars Action News hosts discuss being frozen in Carbonite, the bounty of items found at the Social Area Swap Meet and Social Friday night, Marjorie's impending new tattoo, and more! Plus we have an interview with the voice of Star Wars fiction, Marc Thompson who performed the audiobook editions of the Thrawn Trilogy of novels, the Legacy of the Force and Fate of the Jedi series, and many more!…

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Episode 360 Part 1: Live from Celebration VI Friday, Thinking Geek with Mark McKenna

2012-08-24 :: Venganza Media Inc.

At Star Wars Celebration VI Marjorie, Arnie, and Steve the Ginger Prince recorded a live show in the Collectors' Social Area, and were joined by guests from Think Geek and Star Wars artist Mark McKenna! They discuss the latest reveals from the Hasbro Star Wars panel, shopping on the show floor, and give their impressions of the con! Note: There was a shorted wire for the first couple minutes of this show making Steve's audio hard to hear and some popping sounds that were minimized as much as possible during editing. As this was a live performance "the show must go on" while technicians worked to resolve the problem. The audio problems are resolved by 4 minutes into the show. So if you hear noises during the beginning, thank you for your patience, and know the first couple minutes are not indicative of the entire show's audio quality.ouple minutes of this show making Steve's audio hard to hear and some popping sounds that were minimized as much as possible during editing. As this was a live performance "the show must go on" while technicians worked to resolve the problem. The audio problems are resolved by 4 minutes into the show. So if you hear noises during the beginning, thank you for your patience, and know the first couple minutes are not indicative of the entire show's audio quality.…

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Episode 360 Part 2: Partying with Yakface and Star Wars Action News

2012-08-24 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Thursday at Star Wars Celebration VI was the night of the Star Wars Action News/Yakface party. An edible Jabba attended, as did Slave Leia to flip the roles and eat the Hutt! Prizes were handed out, death sticks were consumed, and Jerry got to talk to several of the attendees about their expectations for Star Wars Celebration VI and their first day experiences. So join the party and listen now!…

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Episode 359: The Star Wars Celebration VI Pre-Game Show

2012-08-19 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Even before the end of Star Wars Celebration V fans were starting to look forward to the next time they could get together with friends, Star Wars fans, from around the world. That's because no other event or convention offers the programming, the exclusives, the events, and the excitement Star Wars fans find at Star Wars Celebration. And this week it's finally here--Star Wars Celebration VI! Marjorie, Arnie, and the Star Wars Action News team will be covering the event from the Clone Wars Season 5 premiere to the events in the Collecting Track, the store exclusives, the autograph area, and more! And on this episode of Star Wars Action News, Marjorie and Arnie run down the highlights of the event for collectors. From the Collectors' Social Area to the Swap Meet, the Diorama Workshop, the Celebration Store, the Art Show, and more, we give you a high level prep for Star Wars Celebration VI! Whether you listen while flying or driving to Celebration, or just sitting home wanting to know what's happening at the con, it's all in this episode of the Star Wars Action News podcast! We hope to see you at the show!…

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Episode 358: Celebration VI and Chicago Comic-Con

2012-08-12 :: Venganza Media Inc.

2012's Convention season is ending not with a whimper but with a bang! Star Wars Celebration VI starts in 10 days, but last weekend was also Wizard World's Chicago Comic-Con, and on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast Marjorie and Arnie run down both. First, the Celebration VI panel schedule has finally been released, and Marjorie and Arnie discuss some of the panels they will be hosting, as well as panels in the Celebration VI Collector's Social Area. With limited edition free collectibles, opportunities to meet the faces behind some of the most popular Star Wars collecting web sites, and more, listen to find out how to not miss out at C6! Also, Diorama Workshop head Frank D'iorio comes on the show to update listeners on what attendees will be building at C6, and what collectibles and souvenirs will be available at the diorama workshop area. Then Marjorie, Arnie, Brock, and Johnathan went to Wizard World Chicago. Listen in to find out about the toys, collectibles, and celebrities that attended this Midwestern event. With a book review of X-Wing: Mercy Kill by Brock and Vintage figures being sold individually online, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 357: Add to Cart

2012-08-05 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Celebration is in two weeks, and for collectors the time to prepare your shopping lists has come! The store list has been revealed, and pre-orders are being taken by Acme Archives and Gentle Giant. From T-Shirts to statues to jumbo figures, magnets, and more! On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast, Marjorie and Arnie run down the list. But is there any better collectible than a free one? Tickets for the Yakface/Star Wars Action News Celebration 6 party are almost sold out! With tons of door prizes, from the SDCC exclusive Carbon Freeze figure set, FX Lightsaber, Mimoco Thumb Drives, Diamond Select collectibles, Sideshow 12-inch figures, and so much more to win! Plus everyone who attends the party gets an exclusive shirt with art by Mark McKenna. Get your tickets before they sell out at http://www.swactionnews.com/C6/party.htm With a review of Gentle Giant exclusive mini-busts, back to school notebooks, and a reveal about some panels in the Celebration 6 Collecting Track, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 356: Year of the Astomech

2012-07-29 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Celebration VI is coming fast! Less than a month away! Have you got your party to the Star Wars Action News/Yakface party? The tickets are almost sold out, and all attendees get snacks, drinks, an exclusive Star Wars T-Shirt with art by Mark McKenna, and a chance to win some great prizes! On this week's Star Wars Action News, we talk to Mark about his Celebration VI exclusive art print, featuring Darth Talon and Aayla Secura, as well as his comic background and the party T-Shirt! Also on this week's show we run down some of the most limited and most coveted exclusives that are coming at Star Wars Celebration VI. From Disney Vinylmation figures to Boba Fett bust banks to trading cards given out one per day each day of the con, listen to start making your shopping list for Celebration! With Disney being at Celebration one of the biggest questions is if they will bring Droid Factory with them. That conversation began again this weekend as Droid Factory made its long-awaited return to Disneyworld! Listen as Star Wars Action News forum member Christian, "Darth Corgi", recounts his adventure of building all 24 droids, and find out how you can get yours. With Steve "The Gingerprince" reporting from the MCM Expo in Manchester, a look at Wizard World Chicago, and more, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 355: Cast & Crew

2012-07-22 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Gus Lopez and Duncan Jenkins' first two books on Star Wars collectibles have been comprehensive, fact-filled tomes about Star Wars collectibles, both mass market and prototypes. But for their third book, they go even more rare, looking at collectible items only made available to the cast and crew of the Star Wars films and TV shows. On this week's Star Wars Action News, Duncan and Gus join Arnie and Marjorie to talk about the new book, and give tips on how you can obtain cast and crew items in your own collection! Also this week, Marjorie and Arnie bring you BREAKING NEWS on what may be the single most limited collectible at Celebration VI! With reflections on another San Diego Comic-Con International gone by, online availability of the Carbon Freeze exclusive set from Hasbro, and your voicemails, it's all this and more on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 354: San Diego Comic-Con 2012 -- Return of the Droid

2012-07-15 :: Venganza Media Inc.

San Diego Comic-Con International is over and all that remains are the credit card balances. Over the convention Star Wars was in full effect, with Friday still being considered Star Wars Day with several panels from Hasbro, Del Rey, Dark Horse, Gentle Giant, Sideshow Collectibles, and more, and Star Wars Action News is here to recap the biggest reveals over this past weekend. In addition to the news from the panels, on this week's podcast you can hear exclusive interviews with Hasbro's Star Wars Brand Team, eFX Collectibles, Kotobukiya, Hallmark, and Gentle Giant to talk about their upcoming releases and Celebration 6 exclusive plans. And don't forget, while the world's largest Sci-Fi con is behind us, the world's largest Star Wars convention is still to come at Star Wars Celebration VI! Listen in for news about the Yakface/Star Wars Action News party at C6, and get your tickets today at http://www.swactionnews.com/C6/party.htm…

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Episode 353: Collecting Is For Fun!

2012-07-08 :: Venganza Media Inc.

San Diego Comic-Con International is but a couple days away, but so many exclusives have already been sold! From Sideshow's Bith band members to the one-sixth scale Commander Fox, plus even Hasbro is in on the action sending preview copies of their Cloud City Carbon Freezing Chamber figure set to select fan collecting sites. On this week's Star Wars Action News, Marjorie and Arnie run down the latest San Diego Comic Con news, including your last chance to sign up for the Star Wars Fan Breakfast Friday morning! Plus they tell how you can submit a question to be asked by Star Wars Action News during their exclusive Hasbro interview at Comic-Con! Also this week, Jerry is back with another Vintage Viewpoint. With all the talk of Droid Factory in the modern line, Jerry tells an old-timer's view of what Droid Factory really is! With new Target Exclusive figures, new un-articulated Battle Packs, a UK report from The Gingerprince, and a report from the St. Louis Toy Man Toy Show, it's a jam-packed Star Wars Action News for you to listen to while in line for Hall H!…

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Episode 352: Collect What You Love

2012-07-01 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Everyone has a "holy grail" of collecting. For some it's a mint-on-card Yakface, for some the dirty version of the C-3PO trading card, but for Nathan P. Butler it was the collected, out of print, Star Wars newspaper strip collection. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast, Nathan joins us to tell about the years spent seeking out this book, and gives us a hands-on review! Also on this week's podcast, Marjorie and Arnie run down the Star Wars Day events at San Diego Comic Con International, discuss two Scout Trooper exclusives to the convention, and other new Star Wars items that went up for preorder this past week. With a discussion of another Hasbro figure price increase and two new Sideshow items that will cost a Premium, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 351: SDCC Exclusives and Inclusives

2012-06-25 :: Venganza Media Inc.

For Star Wars fans the countdown to Star Wars Celebration VI (and the Star Wars Action News/Yakface party the evening of the 23rd) is in the final stages, as less than two months from now the largest gathering of Star Wars fans will happen once again in Orlando. But for the presenters and collectible manufacturers, before they can focus on Celebration there is San Diego Comic-Con, the world's largest Sci-Fi and Comics convention. This past week has been rife with exclusive announcements and preorders from companies like Kotobukiya, Gentle Giant, Sideshow, and Hallmark, and on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast Marjorie and Arnie run down all that news as well as the first bit of Celebration VI exclusive news to come from Yodasnews.com Also on this week's podcast, new figures have hit stores! Listen as Marjorie and Arnie review the latest figures from the Clone Wars and Star Wars Vintage Collection lines! Finally, listen to hear news on two great convention events. First, at San Diego Comic Con comes the second annual Star Wars Fan Breakfast! Being held at the Edgewater Grill 7:30 a.m. on Friday, July 13th, walking distance from San Diego Comic Con, there will be prizes from Sideshow Collectibles as well as other Star Wars fans with whom to kick off what has traditionally been "Star Wars Day" at the con! You just pay for what you order off the menu, so RSVP now to fanbreakfast@swactionnews.com Then at Star Wars Celebration VI, tickets are going fast for the Star Wars Action News/Yakface party. With a free, exclusive T-Shirt, door prizes, food, fun, and more, get your tickets now at http://swactionnews.com/C6/party.htm With news of upcoming exclusive Hasbro figures and more, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 350: Scourge of the Collector

2012-06-18 :: Venganza Media Inc.

It's been an interesting week to be a Star Wars collector. Some report new figure finds at Wal Mart and Target, others can't find anything but The Phantom Menace wave. Preorders of the Mandalorian Assault Transport were cancelled, but new San Diego Comic Con and Celebration VI exclusives were teased. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast, Marjorie and Arnie look at these developments and what it means to be a Star Wars toy collector in 2012. Also on this week's podcast, Brock joins us with a review of the Star Wars novel Scourge. From Jeff Grubb, an author with a Star Wars background bringing us his first Star Wars novel, this adaptation of a story from the Star Wars Role Playing Game has some fans buzzing. Listen to Brock's review to find out why! And with Star Wars Celebration VI coming ever closer, announcements are continuing to flow. Listen to hear about the reveal of 10 exclusive art prints, and Diorama Workshop head Frank Diorio tells you some of his plans for a diorama twice as large as the one at Celebration V, and how you can help make it a reality! Plus, don't forget to get your tickets now for the Yakface/Star Wars Action News party at Star Wars Celebration VI, with a FREE exclusive T-Shirt, food, drinks fun, friends, and music, it's a time not to be missed! All this and more on this week's Star Wars Action News!…

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Episode 349: $600 of Meh

2012-06-10 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Star Wars collectibles may be coming in a trickle, but the news is fast and furious, and on this week's Star Wars Action News Marjorie and Arnie have a round-up of the hottest Star Wars toys and tchotkes. From iPhone cases to ice cube trays to SDCC exclusives, it's all on this week's podcast along with another UK report from Steve the Gingerprice from Collectormania 18! Also this week, your hosts review a trio of statues that recently shipped. First two statues from Gentle Giant's cantina series, Blue Snaggletooth and Greedo! Both were put up for sale last month with May the 4th, and Marjorie and Arnie have them in hand. How were the final production versions? Listen to find out! Plus an in-depth review of Sideshow's Premium Format Han Solo in Carbonite. The Star Wars Action News hosts were underwhelmed with the Premium Format Stormtrooper, and their first Han in Carbonite was damaged in transit. Now that a replacement has arrived, listen in to see if you should try to score this bounty for yourself! Plus do you have your tickets for the Star Wars Action News/Yakface party at Star Wars Celebration VI? Tickets are already 1/3 sold out! Hear an update on this and some Celebration exclusives on this week's podcast!…

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Episode 348: Toys from the Amazon

2012-06-03 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Figures are starting to trickle back into stores, with new figures being reported found at Wal-Mart, Target, and Toys R Us. But as reported on last week's podcast, the quickest, most reliable way to get some new figures at close to retail were to order them from Amazon.com. Arnie and Marjorie ordered a handful of new Star Wars Vintage figures from Amazon including Dr. Evizan, the 501st clone, and Arc Trooper Commander to have some openers. Listen to this week's show to find out about Amazon's shipping methods, as well as in-depth reviews of these figures loose to gauge their articulation and how they look at 360 degrees! Also on this week's podcast, Marjorie and Arnie play your voicemails including a tale of a trip to the Skywalker Ranch, a deal on Star Wars popcorn poppers, and when toys from Five Below aren't a bargain. All on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 347: The Price Match Mind Trick

2012-05-27 :: Venganza Media Inc.

The figures are out there. They are not easy to find, they are not plentiful, but if you hit the stores often enough, if you're lucky enough, if the Force is with you, new Star Wars vintage collection figures are in stores to be bought. And not just action figures, new Star Wars Titanium vehicles are hitting stores, plus even more Star Wars toys are on closeout for the bargain hunters out there. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast, Arnie and Marjorie run down a number of recent store finds, from $10 Battle Packs and Deluxe Figures at Tuesday Morning to half off figure sales to a K-Mart markdown that you won't B-lieve! And also on this week's show, they review the Wave 12 Vintage Collection Star Wars figures that they received this past week from Brian's Toys. With a UK store and convention report from Steve The Gingerprince, and a price match showdown at Wal Mart, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News!…

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Episode 346: Party On, Luke!

2012-05-20 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Marjorie and Arnie are back in the Sithsonian this week with another Star Wars Action News podcast, and they bring tidings from the Pacific Northwest...tidings, and toys that is! Thanks to the Star Wars collectors of SARLACC a number of unique and rare Star Wars items were seen, from Star Wars pinball machines to arcade games, bootleg items, and more, including a tour of Gus Lopez's impressive array of Star Wars props and prototypes. On this week's podcast they run down what store no Star Wars fan in the Pacific Northwest should miss! And from the Pacific Northwest to the Atlantic Southeast, the new Disney World Build-A-Droid exclusives have been the buzz of many collectors since debuting during the first Star Wars Weekend of 2012. Dan Curto has gotten the first batch and joins us to provide a hands-on review in shared coverage of the event! Finally, on the show you will find details about the Yakface/Star Wars Action News party at Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando! The third such party at Celebration is a great way to meet other fans and friends to connect with throughout the entire celebration, and Star Wars Action News and Yakface are happy to once again be hosting the event! Listen to this week's show for details! With a recap of May the 4th Madness, new items from Gentle Giant, Sideshow, and more, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 345: Disney Dreams and ACME Give-aways

2012-05-13 :: Venganza Media Inc.

This week, Dan and Jerry are back to discuss all that is happening--or perhaps NOT happening at store shelves. Even though the "brick and mortars" are quiet, there is a lot of on-line news this week. Gentle Giant put three new pre-orders up and there's sure to be something for everybody: a jumbo vintage figure, a deluxe mini-bust, and a deluxe statue. Also, news of a highly-anticipated Clone Wars battle pack hit and in the spirit of Republic Forces Radio Network; Jerry & Dan discuss the 35-second teaser trailer for Season 5. But the highlight of this week's show: our very own holocron enhancer, Berent, brings us an interview with artist William Silvers who was at the ACME Archives art exhibit at Disneyland this past week. Mr. Silvers was even kind enough to autograph a print, "The Kessel Run", for a lucky listener. But there's more Disney fun to be had this week including the Build-a-Droid pieces that will be available at Tatooine Traders and you can hear what Jerry and Dan think about the "Carbon Freeze Me" promotion there as well. All this and a UK Store Report from Phil on this week's episode of Star Wars Action News.…

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Episode 344: Decade of the Clones

2012-05-01 :: Venganza Media Inc.

We are rapidly approaching the tenth anniversary of the second Star Wars prequel film--Attack of the Clones. With the proto-stormtroopers, the emergence of a new Sith Lord, and Boba fett's father Jango, this movie was built up to with all the hype that came with the Star Wars prequels. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast Marjorie and Arnie look back at the Episode II hoopla, from the Saga Collection of figures' midnight release to Star Wars Celebration II in Indianapolis, as well as their own personal connection to this prequel. Also on this week's podcast, the third try was the charm for Sideshow's Premium Format Stormtrooper. After two damaged pieces, Marjorie and Arnie have gotten a complete piece of this Sideshow collectible. With its portrayal of the faceless troops of the Imperial Army, is this something you should add to your collection? Listen to find out! With Nathan P. Butler's final entry in his look back at the Hasbro comic figure packs, Brock's review of The Essential Guide to Warfare, a new line of statues from Sideshow Collectibles, and 25 new astromech figures, it's all on this week's Star Wars Acton News podcast!…

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Episode 343: Heavy Metal Star Wars

2012-04-22 :: Venganza Media Inc.

While pictures online of the next wave of Vintage, Movie Heroes, and Clone Wars figures appear on Star Wars collecting sites, the stores themselves are still lacking in new Star Wars toys. But just because the latest wave of figures isn't there doesn't mean there's nothing to buy! On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast, Marjorie and Arnie recount their multi-city toy run and play your voicemails. Listen to find out where to get discounts on Legos, exclusive Hasbro toys, Gentle Giant busts, and more! Also on this week's show, Marjorie looks at a unique high-end Etsy seller of custom Star Wars artworks using scrap metal. These expensive steampunk renditions of classic Star Wars characters and vehicles are a unique way to show a love for Star Wars. Plus a rundown of Steve Sansweet's Ultimate Action Figure Collection, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 342: C2E2 '12

2012-04-15 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Kicking off the con season this week Marjorie and Arnie headed to the windy city for C2E2 to check out the art, the autographs, and the shopping. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast they are joined by fellow C2E2 attendees Chris and Sarah to talk about the figures they found and the other collectibles on the C2E2 showroom floor! Plus Arnie has an interview with Zach Oat from Diamond Select Toys discussing their quarter-scale figures, their bust banks, and some upcoming convention exclusives! Also on this week's show, Brock returns to review the last book of the Fate of the Jedi series. It's been a prolonged series with several delays. With Apocalypse capping off the series, is it worth picking up? Listen to Brock's review to find out! With a discussion of Star Wars T-Shirts, Bradford Exchange dioramas, and more, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News!…

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Episode 341: Love at First click

2012-04-08 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Marjorie and Arnie are back behind the mic on Star Wars Action News, and they've brought with them new Star Wars collecting news and reviews. On this week's podcast, they review two exclusive Gentle Giant mini-busts, the 2011 Collector's Guild exclusive Commander Fox and the 2012 WonderCon exclusive Yoda with 3-D glasses. With limited production runs are these two busts worth featuring in your collection? Listen to find out! Also on this week's show, your Star Wars Action News hosts run down early shots of Hasbro's next wave of vintage figures, wave 2 of Movie Heroes figures, and foreign Phantom Menace 3-D promotional items. With Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination touring news, new items from Acme Archives and Sideshow Collectibles, and a Star Wars dance, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News!…

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Episode 340: The Collectors' Podcast

2012-03-31 :: Venganza Media Inc.

As Star Wars toys continue to trickle in across the country, new product has starting showing up in stores. Wal-Mart's cancelled wave of Clone Wars DVD 2-packs are now appearing at discount stores, and the Wal-Mart "Discover the Force" exclusive Qui-Gon Jinn Ultimate FX Lightsaber, LEGO mini-sets, Easter Vaders, and more. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast we run down the latest finds, including where you can get unpunched Vintage Collection figures by the wheel barrel for $5 per figure! For a special Star Wars Action News report, Steve Sansweet joins us to discuss his latest purchases at Rancho Obi-Wan, including an item that can truly unlock your collection's potential, and a discussion of those odd bootleg stormtroopers that have been spotted in China. Despite a long hiatus, Hasbro is back for a new Q&A session, plus, we take another look at the Blu-ray deleted scene wave of figures, and listen to your voicemails. It's all on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 339: Toy Savings Like Darth Maul -- Half Off!

2012-03-25 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Star Wars sales continue as the ramp up for Easter hits its peak; both Toys R Us and Target are both having half-off sales on Star Wars this week. On the latest Star Wars Action News podcast Marjorie and Arnie run down the sales, including how to maximize your Fighter Pods purchase, and where you can get an Ultimate Force F/X lightsaber for $10 shipped! Also on this week's podcast your Star Wars Action News hosts look at the latest online offerings, from large items, like Sideshow Collectibles' life-sized Darth Malgus statue, to small items, such as Gentle Giant's Wondercon exclusive Yoda mini-bust. With Nathan continuing his series of comic pack reports, Steve reporting in with a toy find in the UK, and Marjorie tells how the Star Wars marketing machine shaped a very large purchase, all on this week's Star Wars Action News!…

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Episode 338: James Luceno the Wise

2012-03-18 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Maybe not since Heir to the Empire has a Star Wars Expanded Universe been as hotly anticipated as James Luceno's Darth Plagueis. Since Revenge of the Sith hit theaters Star Wars ans have wondered how much of Palpatine's tale of his former master was true. Could Plagueis stop people from dying? Did he pass on the knowledge to Palpatine? And, most importantly, did Plagueis cause the creation of Anakin Skywalker? But after appearing on Del Rey's Star Wars book list for release in 2008 the book was pulled by Lucasfilm. Now, four years after it's originally scheduled release, James Luceno and Lucasfilm have given us Darth Plagueis and answered those many questions...from a certain point of view. On this week's Star Wars Action News James Luceno talks to Arnie about what transpired to get this novel released, George Lucas' direct involvement in the story, how The Clone Wars reviving Darth Maul impacted his story, and whether or not Plageous really did create The Chosen One. Read the book, then come to get all the backstory and Luceno's own interpretation of the events hinted at by the novel. With Star Wars eye shadow, more deleted scenes figures hitting pegs, and an Ultimate Lego R2-D2, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News!…

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Episode 337: Lego Toy Man

2012-03-11 :: Venganza Media Inc.

This past Sunday the Toy Man Toy Show was held in St. Louis and Marjorie and Arnie were on hand to report, and to shop! On this week's podcast they discuss the new vintage and vintage vintage items they found at the con, including a Return of the Jedi pop-up book and a deleted scene Luke Skywalker figure. But their find of the show were two custom items made by a local craftsman--giant sized Lego Star Wars statues! Fully articulated with removable helmets, listen to hear all about these figures and how you can get some of these for your collection! With a store report, a 3-D phantom menace book and the Uncle Milton Darth Maul room light, all this and more on this week's Star Wars Action News!…

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Episode 336: In Memory of Ralph McQuarrie

2012-03-04 :: Venganza Media Inc.

This past weekend a light went out in the universe as Ralph McQuarrie passed away at the age of 82. The concept artist of the original trilogy, the artist took Lucas' words and created visions of a galaxy far, far away that would inspire generations of artists to come. It is to the memory of this great visionary that Marjorie, Arnie, and the crew of Star Wars Action News dedicate our latest podcast. He will be missed. Also on this week's show, Marjorie and Arnie review the latest wave of Vintage figures--the deleted scene wave featuring Luke, Leia, Lando, Cracken, and a Mon Calamari A-Wing pilot. With a discussion on the ethics of figure hiding, new store discounts, and more, it's all in this week's Star Wars Action News Podcast!…

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Episode 335: Cereal Killer

2012-02-26 :: Venganza Media Inc.

When The Phantom Menace was released in 1999 the food tie-ins were omnipresent. From Kentucky Fried Chicken to Taco Bell to Pepsi to Doritos you could almost have an entire (albeit unhealthy) diet of Star Wars branded foods. While the 3-D rerelease is a bit more subdued, there are still a number of Star Wars food tie-in collectibles in your local grocery store. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast, Marjorie and Arnie run down several Star Wars food items, including cereal pack-in pens and posters, gummy candies, Easter candy lightsabers, and many more! Also on this week's show, Marjorie and Arnie play some of your reviews of the Star Wars 3-D rerelease. From across the US and even internationally, listen to hear if othe rstar Wars fans' 3-D experiences mirrored your own, and then Arnie and Marjorie update you on the future of 3-D Star Wars both in theaters and in home video. With an update on store sales and new Vintage and exclusive Star Wars toys, and a Star Wars minis update from the hosts of the Star Wars Miniverse, it's all this week on Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 334: A Certain Cincinnati Point of View

2012-02-19 :: Venganza Media Inc.

When Arnie and Marjorie decide to spend a little extra time in New York after tirelessly covering Toy Fair 2012, the B-Team from Cincinnati take the reins! Jerry and Dan are back to discuss their thoughts on Phantom Menace 3D, Hasbro's Toy Fair announcements, and some other news that surfaced this past week. Hear what they think of the new Ewok and X-Wing figure packs as well as the look of the Star Wars line 2013. Was Yoda a good choice or should Hasbro have started a tradition of using characters that are introduced and killed off in the same movie? But, that's not all, Brock from the Star Wars Action New Book Club is back to review the Darth Maul short stories and we have Steve the Ginergerprince's 2012 debut with his UK report.…

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Episode 333B: Toy Fair 2012 Day 2: From the Javits Center

2012-02-12 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Sunday Toy Fair International 2012 kicked off officially and Marjorie and Arnie were there before the show even opened, taking pictures of new Star Wars collectibles and toys that will be on shelves in 2012. On this episode of the Star Wars Action News podcast, listen to their reports as they walk the floor, telling of new collectibles from Funko, Rubies, Fantasy Flight Games, and Look 3-D, makers of the Pod Racer 3-D glasses who tipped us off on what 3-D glasses they may be making for the rerelease of Attack of the Clones! Plus on this issue there are tons of interviews with Star Wars toy companies. Listen as we talk to represenatives from Lego, Uncle Milton, Kotobukiya, Top Trumps, Jazwares, and Screenlife, the makers of the new and very fun looking Star Wars Scene It DVD game! All this, and some clarification of Saturday's Hasbro news on this second part of Star Wars Action News' Toy Fair coverage!…

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Episode 333A: Toy Fair 2012 Day 1: Hasbro + Phantom Menace 3-D

2012-02-10 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Toy Fair 2012 is in full swing, and as always Hasbro presents to fan media one day early showing off the toys of the year, and this year for Star Wars they showed the MTT vehicle, new figures in Vintage and Movie Heroes lines, Fighter Pods, Amp'd vehicles, the Jar Jar in Carbonite SDCC exclusive, and more! On this Star Wars Action News, you can hear the entire Hasbro Star Wars brand presentation, and Arnie and Marjorie run down the highs and lows of the presentation. Also on today's show, Marjorie and Arnie saw The Phantom Menace in 3-D in Manhattan. After so much build-up, did the extra dimension made the film deeper, or come off as a cheap marketing gimmick? And what will be the fates for the rest of the saga's conversion? Listen to the show to find out! And then Star Wars Action News will be back tomorrow from the floor of the Javitz center reporting on Lego, Diamond, Funko, and the other Star Wars collectibles shown at Toy Fair!…

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Episode 332: But Wait There's More!

2012-02-05 :: Venganza Media Inc.

With the street date for new Star Wars toys well behind us all the major retailers have the new Star Wars figures, Fighter Pods, vehicles, and more out! But in with the new means out with the old at many Targets, and on this week's Star Wars Action News Marjorie and Arnie play your voicemails on some of the best bargains to be had on Star Wars toys! Also this week, a discussion of even more Star Wars Valentine's Day products, Sideshow's new Premium Format Aayla Secura figure, and Brock reviews the Star Wars novel Darth Plagueis. All on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 331: Party Like It's 1999

2012-01-29 :: Venganza Media Inc.

The Phantom Menace is returning to theaters and the Star Wars marketing machine is partying like it's 1999! Puzzles, 3-D glasses, notebooks, coloring books, and more is hitting shelves to tie into the theatrical release hype. And with Valentine's Day coming a few short days after The Phantom Menace's release, the Valentine's Day Star Wars items have exploded all over the Target holiday aisle. Classroom Valentine sets, boxes of chocolates, candies in steins, plushies, teddy bears, and so much more, we run it all down on this week's Star Wars Action News!…

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Episode 330: 2012 Big Bang -- Figure Reviews

2012-01-22 :: Venganza Media Inc.

On January 30th all the stores on your toy runs will have the new stock of Star Wars figures from Hasbro. From Vintage to Movie Heroes to Clone Wars, Hasbro has figures, battle packs, fleet vehicles, and more ready to be released. But across the country, mostly at Wal Mart, toys have been spotted early. And on this week's Star Wars Action News, your hosts Arnie and Marjorie have a bunch in hand to review. Listen to this week's episode of Star Wars Action News for hands on reviews of the new Titanium Vehicle 3-Packs, the Toys R Us exclusive battle pack, the new Hasbro Fleet vehicles, the full first wave of Hasbro Movie Heroes figures, as well as The Vintage Collection figures like the Battle Droid, Ben Quadinaros, and Quinlan Vos! Plus be sure to check out the enhanced podcast with pictures of all these new items as well! With Star Wars Valentine candy that may make your mouth bleed, and a moving-lips Yoda plushie, it's all this week on the Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 329: A Fistful of Figures

2012-01-15 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Last week on The High Cost of Collecting Marjorie and Arnie ran down Hasbro's plans for 2012, which includes new lines of toys, as well as higher prices. This week, the hosts of the Star Wars Action News podcast play some listener voicemails discussing their thoughts on collecting in 2012. And 2012 is here, and despite Hasbro's street date of January 30th, new figures and vehicles are being found on a daily basis. Some stores are preparing for a major release, and even if your local stores don't have the items on shelves many are available to ship now online! Listen to this week's episode to find out where you can get new Vintage Collection, Movie Heroes, and exclusive figures now! With a run down of store clearance sales and more, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News Podcast!…

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Episode 328: The High Cost of Collecting

2012-01-08 :: Venganza Media Inc.

New toys have been found coast to coast. Despite Hasbro's intent that new Star Wars figures be held back until Jan 30, many stores are putting new figures and vehicles out early breaking street date. What is out there and where can you find it? On this week's Star Wars Action News, Marjorie and Arnie run down all the new Star Wars items hitting. In addition to new Hasbro toys, they run down the new Valentine's Day items showing up at Target, and post-holiday discounts as well. But almost as shocking as new figures found before street date is the new sticker price. Star Wars figures have gone up $1 in price in 2012, and deluxe figures with mini-rig vehicles and mid sized vehicles have gone up even more. What does this mean for collectors? Hear the hosts' take, and then give your thoughts at 415-508-JEDI. With a review of the new Star Wars novel Shadow Games and some Star Wars Christmas Gifts, it's all this week on Star Wars Action News!…

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Episode 327: The final word on 2011, and looking forward to 2012!

2012-01-01 :: Venganza Media Inc.

In the last episode of our year-end retrospective, Jerry, Jay, Steve, Berent, Arnie, and Marjorie take one last look back at 2011 for Star Wars collector., They look at the generalization of Star Wars merchandise, from the housewares to so more T-Shirts than could be worn at a con. They also discuss the final Robot Chicken Star Wars special and their favorite Star Wars acquisition of 2011. Then they turn their gaze forward. While "always in motion is future", the hosts discuss the Hasbro toys revealed for 2012 some of which are appearing on pegs now! They also discuss their hopes for the Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 3-D rerelease and Celebration 6. All this and more in the first Star Wars Action News of 2012!…

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Episode 326: 2011 Year in EU

2011-12-25 :: Venganza Media Inc.

The Padawan Menace video, The Old Republic game, the Fate of the Jedi novel series, and so much more! In the third installment of our 2011 year in review show, Arnie, Nathan and Brock look back on how 2011 expanded the Star Wars universe. From the Clone Wars TV series to non-fiction like the Star Wars Blueprints and The Complete Vader, they cover it all, and also look at the recent Star Wars eBook initiative! All this and more in our continuing 2011 Year in Review series!…

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Episode 326: 2011 Year in EU

2011-12-25 :: Venganza Media Inc.

The Padawan Menace video, The Old Republic game, the Fate of the Jedi novel series, and so much more! In the third installment of our 2011 year in review show, Arnie, Nathan and Brock look back on how 2011 expanded the Star Wars universe. From the Clone Wars TV series to non-fiction like the Star Wars Blueprints and The Complete Vader, they cover it all, and also look at the recent Star Wars eBook initiative! All this and more in our continuing 2011 Year in Review series!…

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Episode 325: 2011 Year In Review Part 2 - High, Middle, and Low End Collecting

2011-12-18 :: Venganza Media Inc.

In addition to Hasbro Star Wars items, which we covered in Part 1 of our Year In Review Series, 2011 saw many other new additions to Star Wars collecting from the four-figure priced Sideshow Legendary Scale figures to the Star Wars magnetic mini licence plates from Topps, and so much in between. On this week's second part of our Year in Review series, Arnie, Marjorie, Jerry, Berent, Jay, and Steve look at all the other Star Wars collectibles this year. And also this week we look at perhaps the single most popular Star Wars product of 2011--the Blu Ray release! Tweaked versions of all six films in the saga, available in high definition with newly remastered sound, these have been top sellers on Amazon for much of the holiday season! From Hot Toys' Bespin Luke to Vinylmation's Disney Theme Park exclusives, Gentle Giant, Kotobukiya, Lego, and much more, it's all in this week's episode of Star Wars Action News!…

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Episode 324: 2011 Year In Review Part 1 - Hasbro

2011-12-11 :: Venganza Media Inc.

This year's biggest Hasbro Star Wars items may be the ones you DON'T own... Wedge Antilles from The Vintage Collection, the San Diego Comic Con Death Star figure set, the Toys R Us and Wal Mart exclusive mini-rig vehicles. But while item scarcity was a big topic for Star Wars collectors in 2011, there were also some great waves of figures, from The Vintage Collection fan's choice Bastilla Shan to the Wave 3 Gamorrean Guard to R2 with the serving tray, and in the Clone Wars line Bariss Offee, Seripas, and not one but two Savage Oppress figures! On the latest Star Wars Action News podcast, Arnie and Marjorie are joined by Steve, Jerry, Jay, and Berent as they look back at 2011 for Hasbro Star Wars collectors for this first in the multi-episode 2011 Year in Review series.…

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Episode 323: Rip-ping into Paul S. Kemp

2011-12-04 :: Venganza Media Inc.

With Crosscurrent, Paul S Kemp made his mark on Star Wars fiction by telling an exciting and violent tale of Jedi locked in battle with Sith, but when that story ended fans were left wondering what the future held for Jaden Korr and the mysterious Jedi clones he encountered. Now Kemp is back with the sequel novel Riptide, and back on Star Wars Action News to talk about the development of the novel, it's themes of identity and nature versus nurture, and where the story of Jaden Korr might lead. Also on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast, Marjorie and Arnie provide an update on the packing of the Sithsonian, we have a store report about new Wal-Mart exclusives, and a Hasbro Q&A. All this and more on this week's Star Wars Action News!…

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Episode 322: Black Friday & Star Wars Holiday Gift Guide 2011

2011-11-23 :: Venganza Media Inc.

They say Christmas gets earlier every year, but now even Black Friday isn't just for Fridays any more! Starting Thanksgiving evening stores are opening with Black Friday deals to bring out the compulsive savers. On this episode of Star Wars Action News, it's our annual Black Friday sale show! Listen as the hosts run down all the Star Wars items on Sale from Toys R Us, K-Mart, Best Buy, and others so you can map out your strategy for savings! And also we list the Cyber Friday and Cyber Monday sales announced as well! And then after Black Friday has come and gone, are there still Star Wars lovers in your life needing a gift? Star Wars Action News is back with their annual show to tell you what to get a Star Wars fan for Christmas (when they already own a comb)! Items of all price ranges, all types, and for every type of Star Wars lovers, from Lego to Hasbro, from Kotobukiya to Sideshow, the books, the games, and the ultimate gift for Star Wars fans. What is it? Listen to find out!…

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Episode 321: Let's Get Ready To Holiday!

2011-11-13 :: Venganza Media Inc.

They say Christmas gets earlier and earlier every year, but now the holiday creep has aftershocks! Hit your local stores and the Christmas items are out in full force barely two weeks into November, and on this week's Star Wars Action News, Marjorie and Arnie run down the Star Wars holiday gifts you can find at your local retail outlets, including Christmas ornaments, candy dispensers, candy canes, and more! Also on this week's show, Brian's Toys One of Every Figure Club recently shipped it's Star Wars Vintage Collection Wave 8 figures, and Marjorie and Arnie review the figures in this wave, as well as the specials on Gentle Giant Jumbo Figures at BriansToys.com With a contest to win a Star Wars Lego Advent Calendar from BackstageToys.com and a review of the new Star Wars novel Riptide, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 320: Land Speeder Record

2011-11-06 :: Venganza Media Inc.

As Star Wars toy collectors know, right now at Target are two new items that are sure to take Gen X-ers back to their childhood--an Empire Strikes Back Tauntaun in vintage packaging, and Luke Skywalker's Landspeeder in vintage packaging recalling the packaging from the 1978 original. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast, Jerry takes the landspeeder up to 88 miles per hour and travels back in time to look at the actual vintage Kenner Landspeeder, and compare it with Target's current exclusive release and all the Landspeeder releases in between! Also at Target, in the trading card aisle, a new Star Wars item has slowly been pulling in Star Wars collectors, and metal shavings--Star Wars Power Plates, tin magnets shaped like license plates from the Star Wars universe. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast, Marjorie and Arnie review a few of these blind-packaged plates. Also on this week's podcast, Marjorie and Arnie discuss new exclusives and Revenge of the Jedi figures hitting stores, and play your voicemails to share what you're finding. Steve, the Gingerprince, reports in from the Entertainment Media Show in the UK, and Nathan continues his look back at Hasbro's beloved Comic 2-Packs. With information on how to win a set of Star Wars soaps, information on the Star Wars Action News listener gift exchange, and more, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 319: Hero Tauntaun

2011-10-30 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Vintage, Clone Wars, battle packs, new toys seem to be hitting not just in the USA but worldwide! Inspired by these reports, Star Wars Action News hosts Arnie and Marjorie went to a large number of stores. Did they strike figure gold? Listen to this week's episode to hear their report, as well as store reports from The Gingerprince in the UK, and listeners from the USA and Australia. Also this week, Star Wars Action News podcast enhancer Berent comes clean with an interview with Luxury Lane Soap, makers of several Star Wars soap bars including the Han Solo in Carbonite. Listen to find out how they make these soaps, what their future plans are, and how you can win a full set of Star wars soaps! With garage sale Star Wars hints, a run down of Sideshow's Spooktacular and Gentle Giant's Terrorific sales, and a reflection on the Hasbro Fan's Choice vote, it's all this week on the Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 318: This year's Top 20 Most Wanted figures are...

2011-10-23 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Dan and Jerry are back and they kick things off with a lunch-time store run. Jerry finds and reviews the Target exclusive Tauntaun set, "The Search for Luke Skywalker." But, the big news this week was the announcement of the 20 characters eligible to be the 2013 Fan's Choice figure. Did your favorite figure make the list? Listen and find out. Also, Dan and Jerry offer their "certain point of view" on which ones you may want to save your vote for. All that and a run-down of the Legendary Scale Darth Maul that Sideshow put up for order this week! Listen and see what you think about Dan and Jerry's picks!…

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Episode 317: New York Comic Con 2011 Coverage

2011-10-16 :: Venganza Media Inc.

New York Comic Con is one of the fastest growing sci-fi and comic conventions in the country. Run by ReedPop, the convention organizers behind Chicago's C2E2 and Star Wars Celebrations 5 and 6, this year they attracted a major Star Wars presence, with Hasbro making their first official New York Comic Con appearance, as well as Hallmark who brought along another Keepsake Ornament exclusive! On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast, Marjorie and Arnie cover all the Star Wars collecting news from the convention. First, they give their impressions on Hasbro's showings, with the new lines Movie Heroes and Fighter Pods, returning line Titaniums, plus a Star Wars Hasbro line that is about to become one with The Force... They also cover the Star Wars collectibles panel hosted by Lucasfilm's Chris Spitale with new product reveals from Think Geek and FunKo. We talk to Robert Lyle Paske from Kotobukiya about their newly shown paint apps on their Art FX statues and the art of the Jaina Solo Bishoujo statue, as well as their line of men's items available only overseas. And finally, we talk to Christine from Hallmark about next year's Keepsake ornaments, as well as some new gift items that can go under your Christmas tree...or keep people away from it! Christine joins us with an exclusive reveal of two new Hallmark items on this podcast! Also at New York Comic Con, Sar Wars author J.W. Rinzler was there discussing the Star Wars Blueprints book. He and Leslie Dilley, the Academy Award winning Art Director on Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, sit down with Arnie to discuss this book. Arnie also talks to Dan Wallace about the new release of his in-universe guide Star Wars: The Jedi Path as well as the upcoming Star Wars: Book of Sith! With Republic Forces Radio Network's Jen covering the Del Rey books panel and more, a rundown of some very cool bootleg items at the con, a company with innovative ways to display your figures, and so much more from New York Comic Con, it's all in this jam-packed episode of the Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 316: Arghr Rugh-Rugh!

2011-10-09 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Hasbro is becoming more proactive with something we all want -- new Star Wars figures hitting pegs. On this week's Star Wars Action News, Justin joins us to report on Hasbro's efforts to help collectors find new figures in stores and his results. Then Marjorie and Arnie play your voice mails to see if these actions are having an impact Which stores are getting Revenge of the Jedi figures and the new Bastilla Shan? Listen to find out! Also this week. Marjorie has a puzzling situation with a Target bargain bin, Arnie reviews the new Star Wars books How to Speak Wookiee and Star Wars Comics Art, and the hosts of the Star Wars Miniverse join us to tell us how the Star Wars minis game lives on at Gen-Con even if no longer supported by Wizards of the Coast. All this and more on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 315: A Comical Story

2011-10-02 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Star Wars collectors know the feeling of completing a set. Be it a full set of Power of the Force 2 figures, a full set of Sci-Fi Book Club hardcover novels, a full set of West End Games Role Playing guides, or the full 92 vintage figures, these journeys can be long, or can be as quick as the right eBay auction. On this week's Star Wars Action News, Arnie tells how one of his collecting holy grail quests was accomplished as a birthday gift for Marjorie. Listen to find out what vintage collection it is! Also on this week's show, Brock joins us for two book reviews: Fate of the Jedi - Ascension by Christie Golden, and the 20th Anniversary Edition of Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire! And Marjorie and Arnie review the Toys R Us exclusive Death Star Trench Run vehicle pack, and tell you where the best deal on Vintage figures is this week. With the Top 10 figures submitted to Hasbro based on listener votes, the winner of the Wal-Mart exclusive Blu-Ray Boba Fett poster, and more, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 314: Blu and You

2011-09-25 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Have you read the headline? The Star Wars Blu-Rays are the best-selling Blu Rays of all time! Did you buy the set? This week on Star Wars Action News' podcast, Marjorie and Arnie break down what the sales of the Star Wars Blu Rays mean for Star Wars and the future of home video in general. Also, on last week's Star Wars Action News Marjorie and Arnie gave a detailed review of the Star Wars Blu-Ray release, and now it's time for the listeners to give their thoughts on the biggest Star Wars collectible of the year. From Star Wars fans who passed on the release to fans blown away by the quality of the sights and sounds, hear the thoughts of the Star Wars community on the Blu-Ray release on this week's podcast! With discussion of popcorn tins, Pringles cans, and cereal boxes, plus a chance for you to win a Wal-Mart exclusive Blu-Ray Boba Fett poster, it's all on this week's podcast!…

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Episode 313: Blu Harvest

2011-09-18 :: Venganza Media Inc.

First there were the rumors. Then we had the announcement. Details trickled out for months. Now they're here--The Star Wars Blu Rays. Met with responses from "Noooooo" to "Who Cares?" to unbridled dancing around like an Ewok, this series is both the first high-definition release of the Star Wars films as well as another iteration of Lucasfilm's tinkering. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast, Marjorie and Arnie break down the release, from Wal-Mart midnight releases met with mixed success to Target's limited lithographs, they run down the first-day buy, review the Blu Ray set, and discuss the overall importance of this release both to Star Wars as well as home media entertainment worldwide. All on this week's Star Wars Action Blu's!…

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Episode 312: Blu Horizon

2011-09-11 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Jerry and Dan are back with some help from another member of Republic Forces Radio Network... Jen! The saga on Blu Ray is on the near horizon! Well for some of us it's already here! But that's later in the show... And what a show we have for you this week! We've got a rundown on all the offers that stores will be using to try to tempt you into buying your copy of the Blu Rays from them!We've have lots of Store finds, Online finds, news about NYCC, and a Hasbro Q&A! Think we're done? No way! Our own Steve the Ginger Prince was one of the lucky folks to get a copy of the Blu Rays early! Be sure to catch his first look into all the goodies! All this and more on this week's Star Wars Action News!…

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Episode 311: Blink and You'll Miss It

2011-09-04 :: Venganza Media Inc.

The internet has burned up this past week with Star Wars news and, to the surprise of no one, Lucas has made further changes to the Star Wars saga for their blu ray release. "Leave Star Wars alone" one faction typed loudly. "It's Lucas' property, he can change it however he wants" the other faction replied. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast, Marjorie and Arnie give their opinion on the changes, why minor changes mean so much to Star Wars fans, and why all the internet ink in the world protesting the changes doesn't matter. And Hasbro is once again doing a Fan's Choice figure poll! The top Star Wars collecting sites are asked to gather fans' Top 10 figures for a new vote, the results of which will be announced at Toy Fair in 2012, and the figure released in 2013! Listen to this week's show for details. Also on the podcast, R2-D2 is sick, and only you can make him feel better in Star Wars Operation! With a Toys R Us Clone Wars display, a new Blu Ray exclusive poster, vintage finds, a Backstage Toys.com giveaway for a Wedge Antilles Vintage Collection figure, and more, it's on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast.…

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Episode 310: The Good, the Bad, and the Hairy

2011-08-28 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Saesee Tiin, Plo Koon, Kit Fisto, Eeth Koth, Savage Opress, and Chewbacca--all figures in the recent waves of the Star Wars Clone Wars figures! Arnie and Marjorie got these figures from Brian's Toys One of Every Figure Club, and on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast they review these figures! Are they some you should add to your hunt, or an easy pass on the pegs? Listen to find out! Also on this week's show, your hosts run down the latest in Star Wars video game and Blu Ray news, and Nathan P Butler joins them once again continuing his look back at the line of Hasbro Comic Figure 2-Packs. With a talking Ewok and much more, it's all on this week's podcast!…

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Episode 309: Bust-y

2011-08-21 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Marjorie & Arnie are back from Chicago Wizard World and are here this week to review a handful of new purchases, all of which happen to be Gentle Giant mini-busts: The Entertainment Earth exclusive Revenge of the Sith Obi-Wan Kenobi, the San Diego Comic-Con exclusive McQuarrie Concept Snowtrooper, the Expanded Universe based Twi'lek Darth Talon, and another Twi'lek--Oola from Jabba's palace. They discuss the details of these busts, and address the recent price increases among these and other high-end collectibles. Also this week, Steve reports in from post-riot UK with what toys he's finding on shelves, and Marjorie and Arnie run down the latest online finds, including some very cool new items from Kotobukiya that are not yet available in the states. With TWO contests, one where you can win a custom Han in Carbonite Mighty Mugg and one from Backstage Toys where you can win the Toys R Us exclusive Battle of Geonosis figure set, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 308: My kind of Lego-town--Chicago!

2011-08-14 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Dan and Jerry are back to host this week's episode while Arnie and Marjorie go on-location to Chicago Comic Con! We share all the latest on the new Lego sets that have been hitting--most of which include new mini-figures! As Jerry has stepped in the world of a Nintendo 3DS with its latest price drop, the duo from Cincinnati take this week as an opportunity to reminisce about their favorite Star Wars video games of yesterday. Topped off with a store report from Justin and a con-report from Arnie and Marjorie, this week's show is packed.…

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Episode 307: Voices of One

2011-08-08 :: Venganza Media Inc.

The Star Wars toy finds continue as exclusives and non-exclusives keep appearing at K-Mart, Toys R Us, Walmart, and Target! Listen to this week's Star Wars Action News podcast as Marjorie and Arnie run down their store finds, and play your voicemails reporting what Star Wars Action News listeners have been finding, buying, and what they think of it! Also this week, Star Wars Action News Book Club liaison Brock reviews the new Timothy Zahn novel Choices of One, Marjorie reviews the new Jedi Force figures, and Garmin uses the Force to help you find your destination! All this and more on this week's Star Wars Action News!…

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Episode 306: SDCC Is Over, What Are You Gonna Do? I'm Going To Disneyland!

2011-08-01 :: Venganza Media Inc.

SDCC is over but the dust is far from settled. On this week's Star Wars Action News, Marjorie and Arnie report on what they did the Sunday of Comic-Con...they went to Disneyland and checked out Star Tours 2.0! Listen as they report on the new ride, as well as the exclusive Hasbro Star Wars action figures available only at Disneyland! Also on this week's show, Justin, Arnie, and Marjorie bring you news of where you can find new Star Wars toys, from K-Mart to Target to Toys R Us. From Blu Ray 4-packs to Target Vintage 3-packs to new Battle Packs, vehicles, and so much more, it's all reviewed on this week's podcast! With a discussion on the recent UK lawsuit over Stormtrooper helmets, and more, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News!…

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Episode 305: San Diego Comic Con International 2011

2011-07-25 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Last weekend saw Comic Con International hit San Diego, and it had everything you would expect, from cosplay superheroes to big name celebrities to the Star Wars Action News team covering all the great Star Wars collecting from the convention, from the exclusives from Kotobukiya, Gentle Giant, and Hasbro to the Star Wars collectibles panel featuring Sideshow, eFX, and more! In this episode of Star Wars Action News, Arnie and Marjorie recount all the Star Wars moments from the con, from the great new products on display to the not-so-great handling of the line at the Hasbro Toy Shop booth. Also Justin joins in to run down the new toys revealed by Hasbro, and Jakob reviews new Star Wars 6-inch figure prototypes from ThreeA. Also on this episode, we interview representatives from Star Wars collectible companies Uncle Milton, Kotobukiya, and Gentle Giant, all talking about their new product reveals at the con, and Star Wars author Timothy Zahn talks to Arnie about his new novel Choices of One as well as looking back at his first Star Wars novel Heir to the Empire 20 years later. All this, plus more, on this SDCC episode of Star Wars Action News!…

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Episode 304: A Short Pre-SDCC Show

2011-07-18 :: Venganza Media Inc.

As Arnie, Marjorie, Justin, and Berent prepare their trip to San Diego, they give a quick pre-con episode running down the latest in Star Wars collecting news from the Hallmark 2011 Keepsake Ornament release last Saturday to a monumental new announcement from Gentle Giant! And also on this show, listen to find out all the details about the San Diego Comic-Con 2011 Star Wars Fan Breakfast! With prizes donated by Hallmark and Star Wars Action News, and such collectors as Steve Sansweet, Gus Lopez, and Duncan Jenkins attending, there's no cost to attend, just pay for what you order off the menu, and a great way to start off what has always been known as Star Wars day at SDCC with a group of other Star Wars fans! You need to RSVP by Wednesday, so listen to the details and RSVP today! With a London Film and Comic Con report by the Gingerprince, and more, it's all on this week's first Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 303: Countdown to ComicCon

2011-07-11 :: Venganza Media Inc.

San Diego Comic Con panels have been announced and more than Star Wars day, it's Star Wars every day with panels on Clone Wars Season 4, Star Wars Kinect, High End Star Wars Collectibles, Star Wars Books, and the always anticipated Hasbro Star Wars panel which will be broadcast live from swactionnews.com (bandwidth permitting). On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast, Marjorie and Arnie run down the latest Comic Con news, including new exclusives announced from Toys R Us, Acme Archives, and Mimoco. And also at this year's San Diego Comic Con, Star Wars Action News will be arranging a Star Wars Fan breakfast the Friday of ComicCon! If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to show@swactionnews.com and we will e-mail you details! With news on the latest Sideshow life-sized mini-bust, and where you can find Wave 7 figures, the Republic Attack Shuttle, and the new B-Wing, it's all this week on Star Wars Action News!…

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Episode 302: Wacky in Cincinnati

2011-07-04 :: Venganza Media Inc.

This week Jerry and Dan are back filling in for Arnie and Marjorie! Tune in to hear them talk about the latest "Wacky" offerings over at Entertainment Earth, muse about what the future of 3D Star Wars, and more!…

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Episode 301: Almost there...Almost there!

2011-06-26 :: Venganza Media Inc.

This week on Star Wars Action News, Marjorie and Arnie are joined in the studio by Johnathan, forum name RancorBoy, a long time Star Wars collector who has come to aid in the packing of the Sithsonian, and also to aid in Arnie's quest for a complete modern carded figure collection. Listen as Johnathan shares his thoughts on the state of collecting, and exactly how close Arnie is to the dream of a carded collection. Also this week, Marjorie, Arnie, and Johnathan run down the latest SDCC exclusives, including the Gentle Giant Vinyl Cape Jawa, the McQuarrie concept Snowtrooper Bust, and a picture book from director Morgan Spurlock. With The Gingerprince providing Vintage Collection figure reviews and Justin's store report, all this and more on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 300: Cracks in the Dam?

2011-06-19 :: Venganza Media Inc.

This week Star Wars Action News releases its 300th regular episode (not even counting all the breaking news episodes, Book Club episodes, and episodes of Republic Forces Radio Network)! And it's got some good news, it seems from coast to coast, and even abroad, reports are coming in of new Wave 6 and 7 Vintage Collection figures being found! Listen as Marjorie and Arnie run down where these figures are being spotted, play listener store reports, and even address distribution again with Hasbro in Hasbro's latest Q&A! Also this week, Nathan gives his third segment looking back at the collector-loved line of Action Figure 2-Packs, and Jerry has a vintage viewpoint tying into Gentle Giant's recent announcement of the Jumbo R2-D2 figure. All that, and a review of Wave 7 in-hand, in this week's 300th Star Wars Action News!…

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Episode 299: An Exclusive Episode

2011-06-13 :: Venganza Media Inc.

The bounty is on, and this time IG-88 and Dengar are not the hunters but the hunted as they are Hallmark's San Diego Comic Con exclusive Christmas ornaments! Announced last week, this week Marjorie, Arnie, and guest host Mark discuss these exclusives, and what it means for something to be exclusive. Also on this week's show, Marjorie reviews the revealed photos of the Luke and Vader Bespin diorama from Sideshow, Arnie drools over Sideshow's Premium Format Han in Carbonite, and Mark gives a parent's perspective on the timing of Star Wars Celebration 6. With a UK store and con report from The Gingerprince, and Brock reviewing Fate of the Jedi: Conviction by Aaron Allston, it's all this week on the Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 298: Packing Celebration

2011-06-06 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Star Wars Celebrations - never will you find a more passionate group of Star Wars fans in one place! Every single Star Wars Celebration has been a great time for the fans in attendance, with exclusive collectibles, celebrity panels, great events, and so much more friendships are made as are memories! So there can be no bigger Star Wars news this past week than the official announcement of Star Wars Celebration VI, in Orlando, August 23-26, 2012. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast Marjorie and Arnie celebrate this news and look at what it means for Star Wars fans. Also this week, Marjorie and Arnie continue packing the Sithsonian and Arnie reflects on what impact the move has had on his rules of collecting. With a discussion of the Wedge vintage figure, Hallmark SDCC exclusives, and more, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Clone Wars Micro Series Episode 1: Intro and Chapter 1

2011-05-29 :: Venganza Media Inc.

While Marjorie and Arnie continue packing up the Sithsonian, they hope you enjoy this first Republic Forces Radio Network episode reviewing the Clone Wars Micro Series!…

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Episode 297: Buy the Star Wars!

2011-05-22 :: Venganza Media Inc.

While the vast majority of Star Wars collectors are still on the hunt for new figures, reports are coming in of Wave 3 revision cases shipping, as well as new signs of Vintage waves 3, 4, 5, and 6 coming in from the US, the UK, and Canada. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast, Marjorie and Arnie run down what they've been finding, and what they've been hearing other people found. From Gamorrean Guards to the elusive (former Kohl's exclusive) Galactic Heroes AT-ST, Clone Wars Wave 11 and more, find out where to look on this week's show! Also on the podcast, we have a hands on review of Star Wars Frames, the high-end collectible book set featuring photos hand-picked by George Lucas. Also one listener reports in from the grand opening of the new Star Tours ride at Disneyworld, and Marjorie and Arnie look at some very cool new preorders going up this week from Sideshow--a one-sixth scale Dewback and a Premium Format Stormtrooper! With a Sithsonian packing update, collecting budgeting, and more, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News!…

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Episode 296: Store Wars

2011-05-15 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Star Wars Action News is back and playing your voicemails! Where are Vintage Collection Wave 6 figures being found? What stores are rearranging their toy aisles and what does it mean for Star wars toys? Listen to this week's podcast to find out! Also on this week's show, Nathan and Brock join us to run down this summer's new Star Wars book offerings for summer reading fun, Steve reports from Star Wars Fundays, and Dan and Jerry report from a Thors-Day toy run! All this and more on this week's Star Wars Action News!…

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Episode 295: Excited to Feel Blu

2011-05-08 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Starwars.com promised on May 4th all will be revealed. Star Wars fans refreshed with baited breath, crashing the servers with the demand for the information - the details of the first high definition home video release of the Star Wars saga! With a 9 disc set, including over 30 hours of additional materials if you buy the 6-film set, it's an exciting time to be a videophile Star Wars fan! Listen to this week's Star Wars Action News as Marjorie and Arnie run down what was revealed, and play some listener voicemails as well as Nathan and Brock giving their thoughts on the Blu Ray release details! Also on this week's podcast, Star Wars playing cards, Target exclusive 3-packs, Sideshow Cantina Band releases, and more! So listen now to Star Wars Action News!…

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Episode 294: Bounty & the RockStar 2: Clone Toy Boogaloo

2011-05-01 :: Venganza Media Inc.

This week Dan & Jerry return to take the reins of Star Wars Action News as Arnie and Marjorie prepare to stand in line for Thor! (Ok, not really). Listen as they talk about the latest news this week including the upcoming Blu-Ray announcement, Savage Oppress' action figure debut, as well as what they are finding in stores. Then Justin is back with what's he's finding in stores and on-line including the Episode III Obi-Wan Kenobi mini-bust that went up for pre-order this week. Then we wrap up with a step-back in time as Dan & Jerry discuss the action figures and vehicles made for the Tartakovsky Clone Wars micro-series as they prepare for Republic Forces Radio Network's special summer programming. All this and more on Star Wars Action News!…

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Episode 293: Distribution by the Loosest Definition

2011-04-24 :: Venganza Media Inc.

On the latest Star Wars Action News podcast, Arnie and Marjorie discuss Hasbro action figure distribution. Rarely, since Star Wars figures returned to the main market in 1995, has it been as hard to find new Star Wars figures as it is right now in stores. Is this going to change any time soon? Listen to find out! Also on this podcast, Nathan continues his look back at Hasbro's beloved comic 2-packs, and Steve "The Gingerprince" runs down the latest store finds in the UK! All this and more on Star Wars Action News!…

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Episode 292 - Paul S. Kemp has us Deceived

2011-04-17 :: Venganza Media Inc.

At San Diego Comic Con the past couple years, and Star Wars Celebration 5, the trailer for Knights of The Old Republic called Deceived, showing a group of Sith and a Mando sacking the Jedi Temple have had Star Wars fans drooling. While that trailer is actually not part of the game, fan response was so high that there had to be more given to that story, and now we have it -- Paul S. Kemp's Old Republic video game tie-in novel Deceived, which tells of that attack and its aftermath. On this week's Star Wars Action News, Paul talks to Arnie about the writing of the novel, and its themes of attachment and the Jedi code. Also this week, Marjorie and Arnie bring news of new releases from eFX Collectibles, Sideshow Collectibles, Gentle Giant, and more! With your voicemails, what's on sale this week, and more, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 291: A Chat With Lucasfilm Consultant Steve Sansweet

2011-04-10 :: Venganza Media Inc.

In the 90s Star Wars Action News host Arnie would anxiously rip open every new issue of Star Wars Insider and turn to the collecting Q&A where he would read answers by Lucasfilm Director of Content Management and Star Wars uber-collector Steve Sansweet about collectibles old and new. Through this, Arnie had his first exposure to the owner of the world's largest private Star Wars collection, and in the many years since starting Star Wars Action News Arnie and Marjorie have had the pleasure of meeting Steve in person many times as well as having him on the podcast. Steve joins Arnie and Marjorie on the show again this week for the first time not as a salaried Lucasfilm employee. Those of you who are fans of Steve Sansweet on Facebook know that about six months ago he announced his retirement from Lucasfilm, and two weeks ago he announced that Lucasfilm had hired him on as a consultant. Listen to this week's Star Wars Action News as Steve talks with Arnie and Marjorie about these latest developments, what it means for Steve's future, as well as updates on the next Star Wars Celebration in 2012 (and every other year after that!), how things are progressing with Steve's collection Rancho Obi-Wan, how to protect your Star Wars collectibles from aging, and many more topics. And also this week, Justin brings you the latest collecting news, and Marjorie gives an update on her latest creation from Bonnie Burton's Star Wars Craft Book--The Washcloth Wampa!…

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Episode 290: Lego, My Star Wars

2011-04-03 :: Venganza Media Inc.

It's been a big couple of weeks for fans of Star Wars and Legos! First, the fan-loved Lego Star Wars video game series had its third installment released. While the first two games covered the events from the movies, the Clone Wars TV Series has extended this franchise's life as you can play Lego mini-figs of Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Jar-Jar plus dozens more characters through the events of the first two seasons of the Clone Wars! Listen as Dan the Rockstar reviews this newest Star Wars video game! But even more exciting for Star Wars Lego fans in southern California, Legoland just opened it's Star Wars Miniland, and Star Wars Action News' reporter Berent was on hand to cover the event with his son Pharoah, as well as talk to celebrities who share a love for Star Wars, including Gina Lee Nolan, Tony Hawk, Brooke Burke, and Christian Slater! And then Berent talks to Lego Master Builder Gary MacIntyre about the creation of this new Lego park! With Brock reviewing Paul S. Kemp's new Old Republic novel Deceived, Jerry looking back at the history of Kenner, and Marjorie and Arnie finding more Star Wars collectibles in stores, it's all this week on the Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 289: The Crafty Bonnie Burton

2011-03-27 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Stuffed Banthas, Action Figure Wreaths, a Chanukah Droidel, and many others, Star Wars crafts have been one of the most popular sections of StarWars.com, and now Bonnie Burton, the crafty woman behind these projects, has released The Star Wars Craft Book, a book with the best crafts from StarWars.com and never-before seen crafts for Star Wars fans of all skill levels and experience. On this week's Star Wars Action News, Bonnie joins Arnie and Marjorie to talk about her past with crafts, her inspiration behind the book, and ways you can modify the crafts for even more Star Wars touches in your home! And in celebration of Bonnie's new book, we are giving away five more Star Wars Craft Kits from Del Rey Books! All this and more on this week's Star Wars Action News!…

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Episode 288: C2E2 2011 Coverage

2011-03-20 :: Venganza Media Inc.

Reed Pop, the convention company that brought us Star Wars Celebration 5, is holding the second C2E2 Comic Convention in Chicago, and Marjorie and Arnie from Star Wars Action News are there to report on the costumes, the collectibles, and more including a new Star Wars collectible from Diamond, and all the latest Star Wars book and story collecting news from Del Rey's panel with Knight Errant author John Jackson Miler and Crosscurrent author Paul S. Kemp! Was C2E2 a wretched hive of scum and villainy, or should you plan to start your 2012 Convention Season in the Windy City? Listen to this week's Star Wars Action News podcast to find out!…

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Episode 287: Vintage Wave 4 Reviewed

2011-03-13 :: Venganza Media Inc.

While store pegs are still more miss than hit with the latest waves of Star Wars Vintage figures, on this week's Star Wars Action News Marjorie and Arnie look at one of the newer, hard to find waves -- the Attack of the Clones wave. With Yoda, Mace Windu, Kit Fisto, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin, Padme, and others, these highly-articulated figures are full of accessories, soft goods, and new sculpts and tooling. With the recent price increase, and the scarcity of these figures, are they worth hunting down to add to your collection? Listen to find out! And also this week, listener voicemails, and Justin reports in with Collecting Headline News. All this and more on this week's Star Wars Action News Podcast!…

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Episode 286: Two Brits, a Brock, and a Battle Pack

2011-03-06 :: Venganza Media Inc.

While the release of new product has drawn to a trickle, Star Wars Action News is here to keep the collecting info flowing! Wherever you are in the world, tune into this week's podcast as Marjorie and Arnie run down the latest sales, including an AT-AT for under $50, and the latest news on the fluctuating price of Toys R Us exclusive Battle Over Endor packs! And Steve, the Gingerprince, joins in with where in the UK he found figures for less than a quid each! Also this week, Marjorie and Arnie review some new figure exclusives, Brock joins in with a spoiler-free review of the latest Star Wars novel Knight Errant, and there are reviews of some very special items that Marjorie and Arnie received as unexpected gifts. All this and more on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 285: Good Knight

2011-02-27 :: Venganza Media Inc.

At Star Wars Celebration 5 there were a number of hard to get exlcusives, from the Gentle Giant Boba Fett figure to eFX Collectibles Hoth Luke Helmet, but perhaps the hardest exclusive to get was the new Dark Horse Comics issue 0 of Knight Errant, written by John Jackson Miller, author of the Lost Tribe of the Sith eBooks as well as the new novel Knight Errant which takes place after the first arc of the comic series. On this week's show, Arnie sits down with Miller to discuss his background with Star Wars writing, Star Wars collecting, and all things Knight Errant! Also on this week's show, we run down the latest exclusives from KMart, Target, and Toys R Us, play your voicemails, and more all on Star Wars Action News!…

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Star Wars Fanworks 2011 Audio Awards Show

2011-02-24 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 1s

In January, the Star Wars Fanworks community voted for their favorite fan audio productions of 2010 in a variety of categories. Now, they announce the winners. The previous and current hosts of Republic Forces Radio Network, Dan Beasley and Jerry Stephens, bring us the official award show this year, featuring the announcements of all of the award winners. Check it out to hear this year's announcements. …

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Episode 284: Toy Fair Reaction 2011

2011-02-20 :: Venganza Media Inc.

As the dust settles from last week's explosion of new Star Wars toys and collectibles at Toy Fair 2011 and the collecting community absorbs the new product overload, the staff of Star Wars Action News gather to give their impressions of all the new items coming to our collections in 2011. On this week's podcast, join Dan, Steve the Gingerprince, Berent, and Justin from Marvelicious Toys, as they look at the Hasbro, Kotobukiya, Lego and other items revealed at Toy Fair! From a Boba Fett in white armor to a Lego Sebulba, 12 inch Gentle Giant figures, and much much more, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News!…

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Episode 283: Toy Fair 2011 Part 2 - Lego, Koto, and So Much More!

2011-02-12 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 42s

Continuing our coverage of Toy Fair 2011, Marjorie and Arnie come to you live from the Toy Fair showroom floor! Bringing you coverage of all the non-Hasbro Star Wars collectibles from Lego, Funko, Kotobukiya, Diamond, and many, many more, listen to find out about all the new Star Wars products revealed, or seen in person for the first time, at Toy Fair 2011! Then head to swactionnews.com to see images of all these hot new toys! …

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Episode 283: Toy Fair 2011 Part 1 - Hasbro

2011-02-11 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 42s

It's Toy Fair time once again, and Marjorie & Arnie are coming to you from New York where Hasbro has revealed their new product for the first part of 2011! From new Vintage figures to Clone Wars, Galactic Heroes to Transformers, and even the not-so-secret Republic Attack Shuttle and Kid's FX Saber, we bring you in-person coverage of the event, including an interview with Hasbro's Vickie Startford from Hasbro's Design Team! …

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Episode 282: How Do You Talk About A Lollipop Without Sounding Dirty?

2011-02-06 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 50s

It's one week before Valentine's Day and time is running out to buy the Valentine's Day cards, flowers, candies, and gifts needed to woo your beloved! And if you are still in grade school, or shopping or a grade school child, of course the mass market licensed Valentines are how to say "Be Mine" best. Which will grab the attention of the classmates most? Iron Man Valentines? Twilight? Of course the answer is Star Wars! But with four different types of Star Wars Valentine's Day Cards available this year, some with magnets, some with pencils, some lenticular, the choice of a Valentine is harder than ever, but on this week's Star Wars Action News hosts Marjorie and Arnie review each of the Valentine's Day packages and determine whic is sure to win the heart of that special someone. Also on this week's podcast, the Entertainment Earth exclusive comic packs are reviewed, we play your voicemails, and discuss the political implications of the recent Star Wars Volkswagen ad! All this and more on the newest episode of Star Wars Action News! And join us next week as we come to you from New York's Toy Fair International bringing you all the news and reviews of the Star Wars product coming throughout 2011! …

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Episode 281: Helping Collectors Collect Better

2011-01-30 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 23s

Since 2005 Star Wars Action News has been bringing you weekly updates on Star Wars collecting, with the purpose of entertaining Star Wars collectors but also to help Star Wars collectors collect better! This week on the Star Wars Action News podcast, Jerry helps collectors by sharing his experiences with setting up a display for his vintage collection, including shelving options and display tips! And Arnie and Marjorie run down the latest in sales, report on listener feedback to the most recent wave of figure price increases, and give tips on when to buy items and when to wait for sales to help you stretch your collecting dollar to the fullest! Also on this week's podcast, Arnie talks to Joe Schreiber, author of the latest star Wars novel Red Harvest. A zombie plague runs rampant through a Sith academy during the time of the Old Republic. We go behind the scenes on the creation of this novel, why it's title was changed, and what to expect from Joe in the future! All this, plus bargains at TJ Maxx, listener voicemails, and your chance to win an Obi-Wan Kenobi Vinylmation Super Chaser figure on this week's Star Wars Action News! …

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Episode 280: De-Vinylmation

2011-01-23 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 7s

Star Wars Action News' Berent was at Downtown Disney last Sunday for the release of the Disney Star Wars Vinylmation figures. Listen this week as Berent reports from in line, talking to other Star Wars fans anxiously awaiting the release of the Vinylmation figures, and then provides us with a hands-on review of these new, hot toys. Then listen in to Berent's exclusive interview with Mike Sullivan, the artist and designer behind the Star Wars Vinylmation figures who was on hand at Disney to interview these figures for devoid fans. And if that's not enough, we have a chance for you to win a signed Super-Chaser Ghost Obi-Wan Kenobi figure! If you want to win this incredibly hard to find figure, listen to find out how to win! Also this week, Arnie and Marjorie discuss the latest price hikes on Hasbro figures at retail stores, and review the Funko Boba Fett lamp. With your voicemails and news on Sideshow's Premium Format Han in Carbonite, all this and more on this week's Star Wars Action News! …

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Episode 279: Waitress! I Need More Dark Side!

2011-01-16 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 6s

Star Wars Action News is back with it's first new show recorded in 2011! Join Marjorie and Arnie as they play your voicemails and run down all the great clearance bargains being found coast to coast! Target 9-packs for under $13? Target Mini-Muggs for under $4? Saga Legends for $5? All this and much, much more, so listen and stretch your dollar to the limit with these great deals! Also this week, the Star Wars Action News hosts provide an in-depth review of Think Geek's Dark Side Roast coffee, Brock reviews the newest Star Wars novel, Red Harvest, and Nathan runs down the aspects of video game collecting in the final segment in his EU collecting series. All this and the coolest Star Wars T-Shirts ever in this week's Star Wars Action News! …

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Episode 278: 2010 In Review Part 3...in 3-D! Star Wars cons, movies, EU, and more!

2011-01-09 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 1s

Star Wars Action News completes it's look back on Star Wars collecting in 2010 as Nathan P Butler and Star Wars Action News Book Club Liason and Book Reviewer Brock join us to look at EU collecting in 2010, from the comics to books to video games. Then Jerry, Steve, and Berent join in to discuss their favorite Star Wars memories of 2010, and a look at Star Wars' biggest announcements in 2010, including Star Wars on Blu Ray and Star Wars back in theaters, in 3-D! All this and more in a special episode of Star Wars Action News! …

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Episode 277: 2010 In Review Part 2 - Gentle Giant, Sideshow, and Star Wars for Her

2011-01-02 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 2s

As Star Wars Action News continues it's look back on 2010 in Star Wars Collecting, Marjorie, Arnie, Nathan, Brock, Steve, Jerry, and Berent reflect on 2010 higher end offerings, including the Gentle Giant 12" Vintage Replicas, busts, and maquettes, Sideshow Premium Format EU figures, Kotobukia Art FX and Art FX Plus statues, eFX stunt and studio scale models, and more! Also a look back on 2010's biggest Star Wars movement, the girl geek fad. With the explosion of Her Universe, the viral videos by Team Unicorn, and more, we look back on what made 2010 the year of the female Star Wars fan.…

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Episode 276: 2010 in Review Part 1: Hasbro's Best

2010-12-26 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 20s

As we pass Christmas and approach the New Year, the staff of Star Wars Action News gather to look back on what 2010 meant for Star Wars collectors. In this first part of our 2010 in review series, Arnie, Marjorie, Jerry, Steve, Berent, and Justin from Marvelicious Toys look back on Hasbro's 2010 offerings. From the Toys R Us exclusive EU wave and Force Unleashed 5-packs to the Vintage collection, Mighty Muggs, Slave I, and the AT-AT, we run down what excited us most and what we are hoping for in 2011!…

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Episode 275: The Lego Pen Is Mightier Than The Lightsaber Pen

2010-12-19 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 57s

As we move into the final week before Christmas it's catch-up time on Star Wars Action News as Marjorie and Arnie run down the latest half-off Star Wars toy sales for the last minute Christmas shopper (or bargain collector), and they review a number of new items including the lightsaber pens from Starwarsshop.com, new Lego pens appearing in the toy aisle of Toys R Us, and Gentle Giant's 2-1B mini-bust. Plus the reviews continue as they look at StarWarsShop's wampa rug (and you should see the pictures of Jar Jar chilling on the rug!), Hasbro's remote control Hailfire Droid, and even a review of Robot Chicken's latest Star Wars special! All this, plus your voicemails and more, on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast! …

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Episode 274: Soft Goods, Great Figures

2010-12-12 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 50s

The latest wave of figures from Hasbro's Vintage Collection from Return of the Jedi is getting acclaim from fans and non-fans alike, and this week Marjorie and Arnie find out why on the Star Wars Action News podcast! Join them as they provide detailed reviews of six of the figures from that wave, and Marvelicious Toys' Justin provides an easy customizing tip to make one of those great figures even better! Also on this week's show, Brock reviews the latest Fate of the Jedi novel, Vortex by Troy Denning, and Marjorie and Arnie run down sales in stores and online. All this and more on this week's Star Wars Action News! …

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Episode 273: A Spoonful of Star Wars with Seth Green and Matt Senreich!

2010-12-05 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 6s

On December 19 a Star Wars trilogy comes to its conclusion - the Robot Chicken Star Wars trilogy! Trailers have appeared online in the past week, and now Seth and Matt join Arnie and Marjorie on Star Wars Action News to discuss why this is their favorite of the three Star Wars Robot Chicken specials, how this episode is a bit different than the past two, and they even discuss a little bit about their upcoming new Star Wars animated series! Plus, does George Lucas get food trapped in that beard? Listen to this week's Star Wars Action News to find out! Also this week, Steve, the Gingerprince, reports in from London's Collectormania event and gives you a chance to win a picture hand-signed by everyone's favorite Gungan, and Berent has an interview with Bwana Spoons and his Spoonful of Star Wars action figure paintings from DesignerCon in Pasadena! All this, and cheap AT-ATs and Hailfire droids on this week's Star Wars Action News! …

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Episode 272: 2011 Star Wars Black Friday and Holiday Shopping Guide

2010-11-24 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 18s

Join Arnie and Marjorie for Star Wars Action News' 6th Annual Black Friday Star Wars Sale Report! They run down all the Star Wars toy and video game sales in stores and online! After that is the annual Star Wars Holiday Gift Guide! From the toys to the prop replicas to the mini busts to the books, and even gift ideas for vintage collectors, Arnie, Marjorie, Jerry, and Brock are here to provide you with shopping ideas, and entertainment, as you wait out in line for the store to open! All this and a Hasbro Q&A on this week's Star Wars Action News! …

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Episode 271: The Whole Galaxy In Your Hands

2010-11-14 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 6s

In less than two weeks the biggest shopping day in America is upon us, and the stores are getting ready. And in this economy, many stores aren't even waiting until Black Friday to offer deep discounts on the hot holiday items of the year. From several stores having the Hasbro AT-AT for $75 or less to Target already marking down its brand new exclusives to Star Wars Shop offering 25% off everything they have in stock, and more such as Transformers for $8 and Clone Wars Y-Wing for under $40, listen to this week's Star Wars Action News as Arnie and Marjorie run down all the biggest bargains and what stores to hit for the newest Star Wars holiday items! Among all the discounts are several Uncle Milton items, so this week the hosts of Star Wars Action News provide an in-depth hands on review of the Uncle Milton Death Star planetarium. With Uncle Milton toys always trying to provide both fun and education, some of their items are more successful than others. Is the planetarium something you should want under your tree this holiday season or would a lump of coal be preferable? Listen to find out! And please remember, Podcast Award Nominations are open now at http://podcastawards.com and Star Wars Action News would appreciate your nomination in the categories "Best Produced" and "Entertainment". Nominations close on November 21st so please don't hesitate, if you enjoy our show please nominate us *today! *(and if you enjoy our other podcast, Now Playing http://nowplayingpodcast.com, please remember to nominate them for People's Choice and Movie/Film) And finally, our Sithmas Gift Exchange sign-ups are still open! Head to the Star Wars Action News forums now to register because the Sithmas Gift Exchange is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get! All this and more on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast! *AND...* for more toy collecting fun, head to http://marvelicioustoys.com for Venganza Media's newest podcast, Marvelicious Toys, Marvel Comics toy discussion hosted by Marjorie, Arnie, and Justin! Our first episode is out today and you can win a Sideshow Collectibles' Punisher vs Daredevil diorama, a Wave of Hasbro Marvel Universe figures from Backstage Toys, and more! …

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Episode 270: When 900 Years Old You Reach, Smell As Good You Will Not!

2010-11-07 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 56s

With The Force Unleashed 2 hoopla dying down (as everyone has already beaten the game) Marjorie and Arnie return to business as usual on Star Wars Action News, running down the latest sales in stores and online, as well as reviewing a number of new items they've found in stores including Target's exclusive Star Wars Mini Muggs and the Yoda: Bring You Wisdom I Will statue and book! Also on this week's show, Nathan P. Butler provides a comprehensive look at collecting Star Wars home video releases, and Steve "The Gingerprince" checks in with the latest toys hitting UK shelves. With a contest to win a Lego Slave I set and much much more, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News! And after listening be sure to stop by the Star Wars Action News forums at swactionnews.com and sign up for the Star Wars Action News annual Sithmas Gift Exchange where you trade holiday gifts with other Star Wars fans! This has been a fun event Darth Prime has been running for several years now, and the first deadline is November 23rd! So head to swactionnews.com and sign up today! …

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Episode 269: The Force Unleashed 2 -- Part 3: Reviews Unleashed

2010-10-31 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 43s

With The Force Unleashed 2 Star Wars fans have their biggest video game event since the original. Starkiller is back and seemingly more powerful than ever! However while hype was high among Star Wars fans early buzz on the game was mixed. Now Star Wars Action News brings you the definitive review podcast for The Force Unleashed 2. Arnie and Marjorie review every aspect of the Collector's Edition of the game for the XBox 360--the graphics, the gameplay, the story, and the much maligned duration of the game. Also chiming in are Dan and Jerry from Republic Forces Radio Network, who went to the midnight launch of The Force Unleashed 2 at their local gamestop and talk to excited fans eager to play the game, and then they provide their views on the Collector's Edition. Owen Cheddar and his father call in with thoughts on the Wii version of the game, including multiplayer. Finally we play your thoughts on the game. All week, Star Wars Action News has been asking for your voicemails reviewing the game. Listen to find out what your fellow Star Wars fans think of the game! All this and great bargains on Slave I and AT-ATs to boot on this week's Star Wars Action News! …

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Episode 268: The Force Unleashed 2 -- Part 2: Brett Rector Unleashed and Zombie Troopers!

2010-10-24 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 59s

Our pre-release coverage of The Force Unleashed 2, coming out tomorrow, continues this week as Arnie interviews The Force Unleashed 2's Producer Brett Rector. They discuss the making of the game, its various editions, and what LucasArts staff layoffs mean for the possibility of a The Force Unleashed 3! And Brock brings a spoiler-free review of the novel of The Force Unleashed 2. Wonder if the story of the new game is any good? Listen to Brock's review to find out! Also this week, Berent brings you a new type of contest where you can win a huge Zombie stormtrooper action figure diorama, sure to be a spotlight of your collection not only during Halloween but year round! And Berent talks with the artists who created the diorama. With listener voicemails and store reports of new Star Wars exclusives, it's all this week on Star Wars Action News! …

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Episode 267: The Force Unleashed 2 -- Part 1: Sean Williams Unleashed

2010-10-17 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 34s

For Star Wars fans, the biggest gaming event of 2010 is in 2 weeks! No, not Rock Band, the long-awaited follow up to the groundbreaking bestseller The Force Unleashed titled (wait for it...) The Force Unleashed *II*! The staff of Star Wars Action News are excited for the return of Starkiller, and so this week they begin three weeks of the best Force Unleashed 2 release coverage on the web by interviewing Sean Williams, author of both Force Unleashed novelizations. Arnie talked to Sean about the writing process of the books, as well as Sean's other Star Wars tie-in novel, The Old Republic -- Fatal Alliance! Also this week on the show, find out what Hasbro exclusives are showing up in stores, Brock reviews The Making of The Empire Strikes Back, and Marjorie and Arnie run down eFX Collectibles newest pre-order for their TIE Fighter model! All this and more on this week's Star Wars Action News! …

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Episode 266: The Making of The Making of The Empire Strikes Back

2010-10-10 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 59s

This week the long-awaited The Making of the Empire Strikes Back is released, J. W. Rinzler's follow-up to his New York Times best seller The Making of Star Wars. Rinzler is on Star Wars Action News this week discussing the process and research that went into The Making of the Empire Strikes Back, as well as several other recent Star Wars books he has worked on, including Star Wars Frames, The Sounds of Star Wars, Star Wars Visions, Star Wars Year By Year, and others! Also this week on the podcast, Marjorie and Arnie discuss the Toys R Us exclusive Rise of Boba Fett Battle Pack, and Steve “The Ginger Prince” brings us another tale of Star Wars collecting in the UK! All this and more on this week's Star Wars Action News! …

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Episode 265: In Your Face!

2010-10-03 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 6s

Every time Star Wars has been in theaters it has meant a major promotional push, from fast-food toy tie-ins to theater exclusives to store toy resets and stocking. With the announcement of The Phantom Menace returning to theaters in 2012, Marjorie and Arnie discuss what this means for collectors, and they give their reactions to this new rendition of Star Wars. Hear it all on this week's podcast, then give your thoughts on their voicemail at 415-508-JEDI. Also this week, Jerry addresses the differences in the vintage AT-AT box and the Toys R Us exclusive “Vintage” AT-AT box, a listener calls in on his brand new R2-D2 phone, a review of the Celebration 5 Bossk maquette, and a rundown of all the latest collecting news. All this and more on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Republic Forces Radio Network Season 3 Episode 3: Supply Lines, with Ashley Eckstein!

2010-09-28 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 29s

This week, the hosts of Republic Forces Radio Network gather to talk about this week's new Clone Wars episode, Supply Lines. Nathan brings us the "Continuity Coroner" report, and Marjorie joins us to talk with Ashley Eckstein about what it's like to be Ahsoka Tano!…

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Episode 264: I'd Buy That For a Dollar!!

2010-09-26 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 52s

For Star Wars collectors who value quantity over quality, the Target One Spot is the place to be! From Stress Balls to coloring books to dry erase boards, yo yos, quote pens, and more, it's all there for $1 each! Arnie and Marjorie got it all and reviews it for you! Is a C-3PO “stress ball” worth $1? How about a Clone Wars notepad? Listen to find out! Also this week, Marjorie and Arnie are once again walking in the American Cancer Society 5k to raise money for Breast Cancer research. Please support this cause by donating to their walk at the American Cancer Society at this link: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/margiec With Star Wars cups and coasters, tips on where to get Jodo Kast, and more, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast! …

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RFRN Season 3, Episodes 1 & 2: Clone Cadets & ARC Troopers

2010-09-21 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 41s

Republic Forces Radio Network is back with the season 3 premiere episodes of Clone Wars! We get, not one, but TWO episodes featuring Domino Squad on Kamino. The first episode, Clone Cadets, is a prequel to the popular season 1 episode, Rookies. Then, the second episode, ARC Troopers, fast forwards after the events on the Rishi Moon Station. The Domino Squad goes from a group of clones on the verge of failing their training until the advise of a maintenance clone, simply known as '99', helps them persevere and graduate! Then Echo and Fives head back to Kamino to defend against a Separatist attack on their home planet. Jerry, Jen, Nathan, and Berent are here this week to discuss these episodes. Also, Republic Forces Radio Network is dedicated to bringing you the best Clone Wars coverage possible. So, this week we have Brock joining us to bring a spoiler-free review of Karen Miller's Gambit duology. And finally, there is a Clone Wars-specific Hasbro Q&A. Stay tuned and enjoy!…

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Episode 263: Making the Best of a Bad Situation

2010-09-19 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 6s

It has been a very busy week for Star Wars collectors. And as all things should, they came in 3s. Gentle Giant released for sale 3 new Vintage “Jumbo” Figures, Sideshow announcing 3 new 12” figures, and Marjorie finding 3 new Halloween Themed bobble heads at Target. Also this week, we discuss some items showing up in the mail. Marjorie and Arnie talk about the Celebration 5 “Complete” Badge set that was recently delivered, and then Jerry joins us for a “Vintage” review of the new mail-away Boba Fett figure. We also have Hasbro's response to all the damaged Boba Fett figure cards showing up in droves coast to coast. With a Hasbro Q&A, a great bargain at Walmart, and a toy lightsaber you don't want to touch, it's all this week on Star Wars Action News! …

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Episode 262: Halloween and some Beanz

2010-09-12 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 1s

Kids are back in school so it's time for stores to replace the seasonal aisles' pencils and bookbags with candy and costumes! Yes, Halloween is coming up and as always there are a bunch of new Star Wars costumes for you and your kids to wear! This week on Star Wars Action News, Marjorie and Arnie go over the first wave of costumes to hit Toys R Us and the Spirit Halloween Store, including two new Clone Wars related costumes! Also on this week's podcast, Arnie gave away his money to get a handful of beans...Star Wars Mighty Beanz that is. With all the trading going on in the forums and thanks to getting two as a gift from a listener, Arnie couldn't resist picking up a package of the Beanz to see what all the fuss is about. With an in depth review of Star Wars Year by Year, Nathan running down the various Star Wars CCG and TCG games to collect, and your voicemails, it's all this week on the Star Wars Action News podcast! …

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Episode 261: Does Size Matter? 12 inches of Fett vs 4 inches of Fett

2010-09-05 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 10s

At Celebration 5 the hottest exclusive hands down was Gentle Giant's twelve inch replica of the vintage Boba Fett figure, designed to pull at the heartstrings of fans who grew up with vintage figures. This week the hosts of Star Wars Action News have one in hand, as well as the vintage Boba Fett Kenner figure. Listen to find out if Gentle Giant's larger figure can measure up. Also this week several listeners of Star Wars Action News call in with their reviews of items. The Wal Mart exclusive Jabba the Hutt, the Hasbro AT-AT, the new Snowspeeder toy, and even a review of Star Wars Where Science Meets Imagination! All this, plus information on where to find all the foil chase carded figures and more on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast! …

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Episode 259: Live from Chicago Comic-Con

2010-08-29 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 1s

With the end of Celebration 5, official con season starts to come to a close, but Marjorie and Arnie at Star Wars Action News have one more major con event--Chicago Comic-Con (aka Wizard World Chicago). Coming to you live from the Sandtroopers.com booth on the convention floor, Arnie and Marjorie are joined by seeral Star Wars guests, including Ashley Eckstein and Dan Madsen of Her Universe and Boba Fett himself, Daniel Logan! Eckstein discusses the success of the Her Universe line, including one of the most sought after Celebration 5 exclusives. Madsen discusses how he became part of Her Universe as well as his thoughts on his legacy as the creator of the first Star Wars Celebration and the death of the Star Wars Fan Club. And Daniel Logan talks about the latest boba Fett toys and his current role on the Clone Wars Cartoon Series. Then Owen and Luke Cheddar are live to discuss why their daddy should open his toys, and Marjorie, Arnie, and Chris Spice of Sandtroopers.com give you a rundown of the latest store finds, online news reports, and what's hot on the convention floor. All this and more on this week's live episode of Star Wars Action News! …

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Episode 260: Thank You For 5 Great Years

2010-08-29 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 5s

Marjorie and Arnie are back home from their summer sci-fi convention tour, and back in the studio bringing you another new Star Wars Action News podcast! They look back one last time at Star Wars Celebration 5 in Orlando, including which exclusives can already be found discounted, and which now cost more. Then they recount their shopping escapades at Chicago Comic-Con, including a glut of Kotobukiya statues and a Jar Jar that's almost five foot tall! Then they are joined by Steve, the Gingerprince, back home in the UK and letting international listeners know what is new on sheles, and where some not-so-exclusive figures can be found. And after the store reports and the online news, Marjorie and Arnie look back on five years of podcasting, thanking some of the many, many people who have contributed to the show over the years. All this and more on this week's Star Wars Action News! …

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Episode 258 Part 2: Celebration 5 Wrap-Up

2010-08-17 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 38s

Celebration 5 is over, but the party continues with Star Wars Action News! Back home from Orlando, Marjorie and Arnie bring you in-depth coverage of their last two days of the convention. From the Autograph Hall to The Main Event with George Lucas and John Stewart, to the Last Tour to Endor and more, with reports from several Star Wars Action News staff members and listeners about their Celebration 5 experiences, including an inside look at the Star Wars Speed Dating event! All this and more on this Celebration 5 wrap-up show!…

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Episode 258 Part 1: Celebration 5 Days 1 and 2

2010-08-13 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 2m 30s

For Star Wars fans, there is no party bigger than a Star Wars Celebration, and the Star Wars Action News Team is on site covering everything, from the latest toys revealed by Hasbro to the Laser Tag Arena, Scrap Booking seminars, and at times having a drink or two in the Hoth Ice Bar. So join Marjorie, Arnie, Steve the Gingerprince, Jen, Dan, Chris, Suzanne the Gingerprincess, and Jerry as they recount their experiences from their first two days at Celebration 5 in Orlando, including an interview with the first person in line to see George Lucas' Main Event Saturday Morning!…

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Episode 257: The Celebration 5 Pre-Game Show!

2010-08-06 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 35s

Star Wars Celebration 5 is THIS WEEK! So Star Wars Action News is coming out a couple days early to give you time to load up your iPod for this extra-long episode, to provide you entertainment as you drive, fly, or otherwise travel to O-Lando for the festivities! This week's episode is all about Celebration 5 and we have joining us the biggest experts on Celebration 5 there are. First, Lucasfilm's Steve Sansweet joins us to discuss Celebration 5, and we ask the questions you want to know, such as--are there enough seats to see George Lucas and Jon Stewart? And what tattoo is he getting? Then Gus Lopez and Duncan Jenkins join us to talk about the collecting panels, as well as their new Guide to Prototypes book that they will be selling and autographing at C5. And if that's not enough, Frank D'Iorio, the artist heading the Celebration diorama building workshop, creating the icy plains of Hoth, joins us to talk about this exciting event for Star Wars fans of all ages (and skill types). BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!!! Scott From Tulsa joins us to give you his convention survival tips that he wrote in the aftermath of Celebration 4, Marjorie and Arnie run down the hot items from the Celebration store, and find a list of all times and places you can meet the hosts of Star Wars Action News at Celebration. All this, and still more, on this pre-Celebration edition of Star Wars Action News! …

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Episode 255 Part 2: San Diego ComicCon International 2010 Star Wars Wrap-Up

2010-08-01 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 26s

This past weekend ComicCon International in San Diego made news from announcements of the cast of the new Avengers film to someone being stabbed in the face over a seating dispute. However Star Wars news has remained mostly under the radar, overshadowed by the looming Star Wars Celebration 5 just two short weeks away. But despite the lack of focus, SDCC held lots of information for Star Wars collectors, from panels to the exhibit room floor. On this second part of Star Wars Action News' SDCC 2010 Coverage, Marjorie and Arnie review all the panels and floor offerings, including the new Family Guy Star Wars spoof, the book Star Wars Year by Year, and product previews from Sideshow, Gentle Giant, Super 7, Acme Archives, Her Universe, Kotobukiya, Lego, Museum Replicas, Hallmark, and even more! Plus the hosts have THREE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS in this podcast, with Hasbro's Darryl DePriest, head of the Star Wars toy line, as well as representatives of Hallmark discussing their new collectibles and ornaments, and Gentle Giant talking about the 12" figures, other product offerings, and Slave Leias. And after you listen to this week's Star Wars Action News, be sure to stop by the web site at swactionnews.com to view their photo galleries of all the items discussed!…

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Episode 256: The Calm Between the Storms

2010-08-01 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 40s

Back home from San Diego Comic Con, Marjorie and Arnie and the rest of the Star Wars Action News crew are in full-on Celebration 5 prep mode. With Arnie, Marjorie, and Jerry all hosting panels at Celebration 5, plus the Star Wars Action News and Yakface party on Thursday night and Marjorie and Arnie MC-ing trivia Wednesday night, listen to this week's podcast to find out all about the hot events and exclusives for Star Wars Celebration 5! But even with all this chaos, the podcast hosts still find time for a toy run or two! Hot on the heels of Hasbro's toy reveals at San Diego Comic Con, stores both stateside and internationally are getting shipments of new product Vintage figures, Clone Wars Figures, Legacy figures, role play items, exclusive figures, exclusive Jabba the Hutt, all showing up now! On this week's Star Wars Action News, Marjorie, Arnie, and Steve the Gingerprince report in to tell you what they found and where. Also this week Arnie interviews Karen Miller, author of the Star Wars Clone Wars novels Gambit -- Stealth and Gambit -- Siege. They discuss the proess of translating the kid's show for an adult audience,some of the novels' themes, and Miller's future with Star Wars. All this and more on this week's Star Wars Action News! …

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Episode 255 Part 1: ComicCon International Preview Night 2010

2010-07-21 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 37s

Marjorie and Arnie are covering their fifth San Diego Comic Con and tonight, preview night, they report on the newly shown items from Hallmark, Hasbro, eFX, and more!…

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Episode 254: ThAT-AT is AWESOME!

2010-07-18 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 17s

First revealed at Toy Fair International in February, 2010, the new Hasbro AT-AT has been one of the most anticipated new Star Wars toys in a long time. Standing over 2 feet tall, coming with an AT-AT Driver and Snow Speeder Bike, having electronic lights and sounds, and just being all-around awesome (plus exclusive vintage-style packaging), collectors have been in a frenzy of excitement for this new toy. On this week's Star Wars Action News, Marjorie and Arnie have their hands on this new toy and review it for you in tremendous detail. Then Jerry joins us for a second-perspective AT-AT review and comparison of this brand-new AT-AT versus the classic, vintage AT-AT, as well as another vintage AT-AT related item. Also on this week's show, Marjorie and Arnie also review the upcoming exclusive figures from San Diego Comic Con and Star Wars Celebration 5, including the Darth Maul and Uncle Owen comic pack, the Cammie and Fixer comic pack, and the vintage style 4-LOM and Zuckuss two pack. With a Celebration 5 news round-up, an online collecting rundown, and on-location coverage of this past weekend's London Film & Comic Con, it's all this week on the Star Wars Action News podcast! …

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Episode 253: We found vintage figures...and so will you.

2010-07-11 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 16s

Last week on Star Wars Action News, hosts Marjorie and Arnie shared in the excitement of many excited listeners who found the new Vintage Collection Star Wars figures at Toys R Us stores across the country. Now the hosts of Star Wars Action News are excited themselves, as they too found a Toys R Us stocked with Vintage figures! Listen to this week's podcast to hear their hands-on reviews of these figures! Also on this week's show, they review the Star Wars Poker Chips from Cardamundi, the Star Wars logo shirt from Her Universe, and the Gentle Giant Star Wars Bookends from Borders! And if that's not enough, they tell you where you can look to find the elusive last wave of Hasbro Titanium vehicles...for $4 each! All this, plus updates on Star Wars Celebration V, San Diego Comic Con International, Star Wars Space Camp, and more on this week's Star Wars Action News! …

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Episode 252: What Street Date?!?!?

2010-07-04 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 13s

Have you been to your local Toys R Us lately? Coast to coast, reports are coming in that Toys R Us is breaking street date with their stock of new figures, Saga Legends, The Clone Wars, and Vintage Collection, all hitting pegs en masse! The Snowspeeder, Cloud Car, and Republic Tank vehicles have been spotted as well! While releases are spotty, some stores putting out everything and some putting out nothing at all, with a buy-one-get-one 50% off deal it's too enticing to pass up! Listen to this week's Star Wars Action News podcast as show listeners call in with reports and reviews on these brand new Hasbro toys! Also this week, Arnie and Marjorie round up the latest convention news, including San Diego Comic Con exclusives and Star Wars Celebration 5 exclusives, including a special collectible from the C5 collector's panels. With a Hasbro Q&A and more, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News! And while tickets are SOLD OUT for the Star Wars Action News/Yakface party at Star Wars Celebration 5, you can sign up for the waitlist in case a handful come available. For information n how to get on the waitlist, your only chance to get the awesome exclusive shirt designed by Kevin Graham, go to http://www.swactionnews.com/articles/C5/c5party.htm …

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Episode 251: Now Where Will We Eat Breakfast?

2010-06-27 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 57s

A lot of focus for Celebration 5 is on what will be there, such as George Lucas, Jon Stewart, lots of cool artists, and Frank D'Iorio leading members in making a Hoth Diorama, but with all of this there are a few notable absences from the upcoming Celebration. On this week's Star Wars Action News, Marjorie and Arnie round up all the Celebration 5 news of the week, both of what has been announced will be at Celebration, and what (or who) will not. Also this week, we bring you up to date on all the latest Star Wars collecting news, with new releases online from Sideshow, Funko, and Gentle Giant, and a rundown of where you can order the upcoming Hasbro Legacy collection Vintage-style figures NOW! As well as a look at a recently revealed vehicle exclusive, and more details on the upcoming giant AT-AT. With a discussion of the digital Insider subscription model, more on Her Universe girls' tees, and more, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast! And as of this writing there are only *10* tickets left to the Star Wars Action News/Yakface party at Celebration 5! Don't miss out, order your tickets now at http://www.swactionnews.com/articles/C5/c5party.htm! And if you're getting into Celebration on Wednesday, Arnie and Marjorie will be MCing a Star Wars Trivia night at Heroes Landing in Clermont at 7pm with all proceeds going to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society! Find out details on how to attend at http://reviewstarwars.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=15546 …

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Episode 250: No, E3-2010 Is Not a Droid

2010-06-20 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 28s

When it comes to Star Wars collecting news Toy Fair and San Diego Comic Con are no brainers, but each year E3 brings us the latest in Star Wars video game news, and this year had more than most! With a Star Wars game for the X-Box Kinect, a new trailer for The Old Republic, a trailer for The Force Unleashed 2, and much, much more, on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast Arnie and Marjorie are joined by Nathan P Butler to review all the news from E3 that would impace Star Wars video game players and collectors! Also this week, Marjorie and Arnie round up the latest news from Celebration 5, including announcement of The Main Event, we discuss the newest online releases, we review the final EU wave of figures and the Disney exclusive Star Tours Boarding Party figure pack! All this and more on this week's Star Wars Action News! And don't forget, tickets are selling fast for the Yakface/Star Wars Action News party Thursday night at Celebration 5! Get yours before they're gone at http://www.swactionnews.com/articles/C5/c5party.htm!…

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Episode 249: Allies

2010-06-13 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 59s

On this week's Star Wars Action News, Arnie and Marjorie bring in their allies for a jam-packed show! First, ally site Jedi Temple Archives has put out a definitive collector's view of the 2010 Legacy Collection, and Paul from JediTempleArchives joins us this week to talk about the report and all the work that went into it. Then Star Wars Action News ally and podcast enhancer Berent goes to The Vader Project in Los Angeles. He gives a detailed rundown of the event and interviews its curators! Listen to his report, then head to swactionnews.com to see all his pictures of the helmets. And if that's not enough, Jerry is here to give the third part of his vintage micro-collection series, and Brock reviews the new Fate of the Jedi novel--Allies! With store reports, the latest online news, and a Celebration 5 news rundown, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast! And don't forget that Star Wars Action News allied with Yakface.com to deliver THE party you won't want to miss at Star Wars Celebration 5! After only one week on sale, tickets are *75% sold out*! Even though we're looking at adding more capacity, head to http://www.swactionnews.com/articles/C5/c5party.htm and get yours before we sell out! …

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Episode 248: Party at C5!

2010-06-06 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 25s

Many people cited the Star Wars Action News/Jedi Temple Archives party as a high point of Star Wars Celebration 4. There, members from both sites got to meet people they previously only knew by forum handle, and make friends that they would spend the rest of the convention with. Now, Star Wars Action News and Yakface.com are teaming up to make the best party at C4 even better for C5! On Thursday, August 12th, the Star Wars Action News/Yakface party will be held at the Embassy International in Orlando. There will be music and prizes, as well as an exclusive shirt you will never be able to get anywhere else *free* with your admission! Tickets are on sale now at http://www.swactionnews.com/articles/C5/c5party.htm And on this week's episode of Star Wars Action News, Arnie and Marjorie are joined by Jayson from Yakface to talk about the party, and then Arnie and Marjorie are joined by Star Wars Topps Sketch Card artist Kevin Graham, who is doing the art for the Star Wars Action News/Yakface party's exclusive T-Shirt! And that's not the end of Star Wars Action News Celebration news! Listen to this week's podcast to find out which Collector Panel to attend to see Marjorie as one of the hosts! Also this week on the podcast, Arnie and Marjorie play your voicemails, including a detailed review from a listener of collectibles from Star Wars Weekends at Disney, and the Gingerprince reports in from the latest Collectormania in the UK. All this and more on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast! …

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Episode 247: No Toys, Just Shirts

2010-05-30 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 18s

Right now is a hard time for Hasbro collectors with the latest waves of Legacy figures not regularly showing up on store pegs, but when Arnie finds a Spacetrooper and Shaak Ti at a Toys R Us, the hunt is on! Join Marjorie and Arnie as they tour the St. Louis region hitting one Toys R Us after another looking for more of this elusive wave of figures! Also on this week's podcast, a run down on the latest Celebration 5 announcements, a review of the Star Wars Cantina game, and Nathan provides a look back at collecting RPG books and supplements as Wizards of the Coast removes all Star Wars content from their site. All this and more on this week's Star Wars Action News! …

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Episode 246: Memories Strike Back

2010-05-23 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 2m 17s

Last Friday was the 30th anniversary of the release of The Empire Strikes Back. It is undoubtedly daunting to try and make a follow-up to the most successful film of all time, but George Lucas was up to the task creating a film that many fans actually consider superior to the original. Lando, Boba Fett, Carbonite, and Luke's paternal revelation, all iconic images created with this second installment in the Star Wars saga. In celebration of this anniversary, Star Wars Action News brings you an extra-long episode full of your memories, your first time watching Empire Strikes Back on theaters or video, your favorite Empire toy, and more. And Jerry joins us with his favorite Empire collectibles, Nathan P. Butler gives us a retrospective of fandom and the EU when Empire was released, and Arnie reviews Alan Arnold's Once Upon A Galaxy -- The Making of The Empire Strikes Back. With the news of Lucas' arrival at Celebration 5, some new collectibles up for pre-order, and Harrison Ford as an old man, it's all this and more on this we ek's Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 245: Revenge of the Sith -- 5th Anniversary Show

2010-05-16 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 47s

While this month Empire Strikes Back is hogging the spotlight what with a StarWars.com site redesign, a Wampa rug, and Cloud City C-3PO backpack, it's little brother Revenge of the Sith is turning 5 this month and to celebrate the staff of Star Wars Action News reflect on the final film in the Star Wars saga, recounting their experiences first watching the movie, Nathan P Butler joins us to reflect on the movie's acclaimed novelization, and Arnie and Marjorie review their favorite Revenge of the Sith collectible. Also they review a new Revenge of Sith Collectible--the Sideshow Yoda and Clone Trooper Premium Format Figure! Also this week, Marjorie talks to Ashley Eckstein, voice of Ahsoka Tano on the Clone Wars and founder of the Her Universe Star Wars clothing line for girls, Marjorie and Arnie explain why you HAVE to go to Celebration, and we review the figures in the Force Unleashed multi-packs. All this and more on the latest Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 244: Last Chance to Enter Hyperspace

2010-05-09 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 23s

We have a special show with some special guests hosts taking up the mic this week on Star Wars Action News. On this week's show we talk about the end of the Hyperspace membership as we know it, the latest Celebration V perks, the Sideshow Captian Rex figure, plus other Star Wars gaming and collecting news from the internet and the store isles. Steve checks in with a UK Collecting Report from the Star Wars Fan Fun Day. Finally Sith Lords of Cincinnati take you along on a massive 10 store toy run to find out what they are finding. All this plus your voicemails on this weeks Star Wars Action News!…

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Episode 243: No Rules, Just Right

2010-05-02 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 51s

Can a sale on action figures not only help your wallet but change your worldview? The answer is "yes!" This week on Star Wars Action News, Marjorie and Arnie reflect on the insane sale on Star Wars figures last week at Toys R Us, and discuss not only how it allowed fans to stock up on figures at better-than-2005 prices, but also how it gave Arnie a totally new attitude towards collecting. Also this week we preview Gentle Giant's 2010 San Diego Comic Con Exclusive Mini-Bust, the third in StarWarsShop.com's Empire Strikes Back 30th Anniversary art collection, and Sideshow's new Captain Rex figure. With a Hasbro Q&A and more, it's all this week on Star Wars Action News!…

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Episode 242: Metal Mania

2010-04-25 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 11s

This has been an exciting week to be a Star Wars collector! New items have been made available for preorder from Gentle Giant, Sideshow, eFX Collectibles, plus Celebration 5 exclusives and more! And with new Hasbro EU figures showing up as well, it's been the busiest week we've had in a long time. Join Star Wars Action News as Arnie and Marjorie recap this week's new release info. Also this week, Marjorie and Arnie were excited to find the Di Agostini Die Cast vehicles and figures were being made available in the USA. Arnie faced the music (and the Comic Store owner) and bought 7 of these vehicles. We review them this week to see if they should become part of your collection. With an EU recap of Choose Your Own Adventure stories, a review of the Japanese handbags, and more, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News!…

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Episode 241: First Vintage Collection Figure Review -- 4-Lom & Zuckuss

2010-04-18 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 20s

It's hard to recall a Hasbro toy that has excited the collector base as much as their recent announcement of returning to the Star Wars style that made it famous--the cards from the 70s and early 80s with Hasbro's new The Vintage Collection. At Jedi-Con the first Vintage Collection figures were sold, the 4-Lom/Zuckuss reversed-name 2 pack, and this week on Star Wars Action News, Arnie and Marjorie provide the first hands-on review of this new figure style! Also this week, Jerry returns with his vintage reviews, continuing his look at the die-cast Kenner Micro Collection sets from The Empire Strikes Back. With a review of the Uncle Milton Optical Command Unit, two comic book reviews, news about Star Wars on Blu Ray, and a review of the Gentle Giant The Force Unleashed Sith Apprentice Mini-Bust 2-pack, it's all this week on the Star Wars Action News podcast!…

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Episode 240: The Trouble with Time Travel

2010-04-11 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 11s

Paul S Kemp is Star Wars' newest author, and his novel Crosscurrent is making waves through fandom. It's selling well and has gotten good reviews, but certain plot points are causing controversy and discussion with Expanded Universe fans. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast, we have Paul S Kemp on the show discussing why he wanted to write for Star Wars, and we go in depth on some of the book's more controversial aspects. Also this week, we discuss the newest Star Wars TV projects, say why Star Wars 3-D should not happen, and we have a Hasbro Q&A! All this and more on this week's podcast! …

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Episode 239: Jedi Con 2010

2010-04-04 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 18s

In Germany this past weekend, one of the biggest Star Wars conventions outside Celebration V was held, Jedi Con. Featuring the first chance for anyone to buy Hasbro's new vintage style figures (the 4-LOM/Zuckuss reverse figure pack) and a bevvy of Star Wars celebrities, it was a Star Wars party not to be missed, and Star Wars Action News reporter Steve The Ginger Prince was there! Listen to his coverage of this *fan*tastic time, including a contest where you can win these vintage figures autographed by the actors who played 4-LOM and Zuckuss! Also this week, we continue our vintage coverage as Jerry begins a series looking back at vintage toys from The Empire Strikes Back. For this first installment Jerry looks at the Kenner Micro Collection of die-cast figures, and talks about some unproduced prototypes. Finally this week, Arnie and Marjorie review Sideshow's "The Circle is Now Complete" Darth Vader vs Obi-Wan diorama and Uncle Milton's Darth Vader's Robotic Arm educational toy. It's all this and more on this week's Star Wars Action News!…

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Episode 238: Return of the Packs

2010-03-28 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 16s

When Hasbro recently announced the end of the Comic Pack line of figures, which give collectors and kids a bargain having two action figures and the comic in which they appeared for one low price, Star Wars fans were understandably upset. However, Hasbro is letting the series go out with a bang, releasing some hotly anticipated characters that factor big in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, from the comics to the novels to the video games. Figures such as Exar Kun and Blackhole make EU fans happy, while the clone 2-packs are an army-builder's dream come true. On this week's Star Wars Action News, Arnie and Marjorie review the last five comic packs to be released for mass distribution, and Nathan P Butler chimes in on comic pack collecting in relation to Star Wars stories and comic collecting. With your voice mails and a con rundown including Star Wars Celebration V VIP tickets and C2E2 Star Wars content, it's all this and more on this week's Star Wars Action News! …

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Episode 237: Stunt-ed

2010-03-21 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 22s

From 2005 to 2007 Master Replicas released three great LE sabers--Obi-Wan from Episode 3, Anakin from Episode 3, and Return of the Jedi Luke Skywalker version 2. Those sabers are long since sold out, but for those who are still looking to have these sabers represented in their collection eFX Collectibles stunt sabers are now out. For collectors looking for a less expensie prop replica, costumers wanting a lightweight saber on their belt, or people who missed out on these sabers the first time, these are shipping now. But being a less expensive resin prop, how do these compare to the originals? Arnie and Marjorie review these sabers this week to let you know! Also this week, Arnie interviews Backlash author Aaron Allston, Steve reports on Star Wars in Concert in the UK, and Marjorie and Arnie review a new Uncle Milton item! With a contest to win a new Clone Wars vehicle from Hasbro and more, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News. …

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Episode 236: Score One for Marjorie

2010-03-14 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 2s

"This Lightsaber is your Light". Well, okay that's not quite what Obi-Wan said to Anakin in Attack of the Clones, but it would have been if Anakin was playing with Uncle Milton's Mini Lightsaber Tech Lab! Continuing their reviews of Uncle Milton Star Wars Science items, Arnie and Marjorie this week complete their training for mini-Jedi by constructing their mini-lightsaber. This is a brand new item from Uncle Milton and in stores now. How does it stack up? Listen to this week's podcast to find out! And then continue listening to find out how you can win an Uncle Milton Mini Lightsaber Tech Lab or an Uncle Milton Clone Trooper Recon Kit! Also on this week's Podcast, Marjorie and Arnie discuss the free chrome Stormtrooper, available this week from Toys R Us, they play your voicemails, and Arnie recounts a recent purchase at a local used record store. All this and more on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast! …

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Episode 235: Lackluster Lava

2010-03-07 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 7s

Last year Uncle Milton came out with seeral Star Wars themed kits that are intended to be fun and educational. While the Force Trainer got most of the buzz, several other kits were also released. This week on Star Wars Action News, Arnie and Marjorie review the Mustufar Lava Volcano. Will a combination of baking soda, food coloring, and vinegar transport them to a galaxy far, far away or just leave them with more dishes to do? Listen to find out! Also this week, we have a review of the vintage Marvel Comics released in the UK by Dan, and Brock reviews the latest novel in the Fate of the Jedi series! Plus how you can win a free Star Wars Clone Wars vehicle from hasbro! All this and more is in this week's podcast! …

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Episode 234: Crappy Meal

2010-02-28 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 57s

Star Wars Fast Food toys are back! 8 new Star Wars toys, previously released as foreign exclusives, are now included with each McDonalds Happy Meal you buy! But how many Happy Meals do you NEED to buy? 0! Listen this week to Star Wars Action News to find out how. Also this week, we discuss a rash of Republic Commando bust orders being cancelled by Entertainment Earth and what it may mean for other orders, Scott From Tulsa updates us on his figure purge, and Nathan talks about collecting comic books in all their forms. All this and more on Star Wars Action News! …

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Episode 233: Toy Fair Hangover

2010-02-21 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 35s

Last weekend was all about Toy Fair, and this weekend is all about...Toy Fair! Now that we've had a week to absorb all the new product announcements made at or during Toy Fair last weekend, Star Wars Action News is here to listen to your reactions to this news. Excited for a bigger AT-AT? Disappointed in lack of EU characters from Hasbro? Gunning for the new Boba Fett blaster? We round up fan response to all the new items released. And near the end of Toy Fair a new Star Wars licensee entered the fray--Super 7 with their Super Shogun Stormtrooper figure! We have an interview with Super 7 founder Brian Flynn to discuss this new, retro high-end collectible! With a roundup of new Star Wars Easter items and a UK report, it's all on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast! …

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Episode 232: Toy Fair 2010 - Part 2 - Lego, Koto, and More!

2010-02-13 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 52s

Toy Fair International in New York city begins today, and Star Wars Action News is here to report on their hands-on viewing of new items from Lego, Kotobukiya, Diamond Select, Gentle Giant, and more, direct from the floor of the Javits Center in New York City! Listen to find out what hot new items you'll be looking for in 2010, and be sure to visit swactionnews.com to see photos of all the items we discuss! …

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Episode 232: Toy Fair 2010 - Part 1 - Hasbro

2010-02-12 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 6s

Toy Fair International in New York city officially begins Sunday, Feb 14th at New York's Javits Center, but as they've done for so many years Hasbro has given collector web sites early access to their displays! Listen to the first part of our Toy Fair coverage as Marjorie and Arnie review all the new items revealed by Hasbro, from their Big AT-AT to their new line of Vintage-type figures, and be sure to check out photos of all these items at swactionnews.com. …

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Get all your Toy Fair News from Star Wars Action News!

2010-02-09 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 4s

Toy Fair starts soon! Listen to find out how to get all the coverage of the event from Star Wars Action News on Facebook, Twitter, and, of course, our podcast!…

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Episode 231: Black in Blue

2010-02-07 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 24s

On Monday, February 8th at 9 a.m. PST one of the most limited prop replicas made in the past 10 years will go on sale--eFX Collectibles' Studio Scale McQuarrie Concept Darth Vader helmet. This piece, based on the original Ralph McQuarrie concept art for Darth Vader, is limited to 250 pieces. A small amount put up for pre-order at Entertainment Earth sold out in a number of hours, and fans are sure to be nervous about getting their hands on this extremely limited, gorgeous piece. This week on the Star Wars Action News podcast, Marjorie and Arnie catch you up on the history of this piece, including its appearances at San Diego Comic Con in 2008 and 2009. Then they are joined by Barry Jones of eFX Collectibles who tells some stories of the making of this fine piece. he also updates us on what Star Wars products are coming soon from eFX Collectibles, including an announcement of an extremely limited item to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back! What is it? Listen to find out! Also on this show, Marjorie and Arnie bring you up to date on the current and future state of Hasbro Star Wars collecting in their latest round of Q&As Hasbro gave some very important pieces of information about the current state of the line and the future of Star Wars action figures. Hear this information summarized in this week's show. With a eulogy of Star Wars minis by Star Wars Miniverse podcast host Mark Cheddar, a round up of new Star Wars products on the internet, and more news about red-tagged Star Wars discounts, it's all in this week's podcast of Star Wars Action News! …

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Episode 230: In Memory of James E Smith

2010-01-31 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 17s

Star Wars Action News is back and chalk full of nuts, if by nuts we're referring to Marjorie, Arnie, Steve, Jerry, and Brock! They're all here this week to bring you the latest Star Wars collecting news and reviews, talking about Wizards of the Coast dropping the license for Star Wars RPG books and minis to a review of the new Star Wars novel Crosscurrent, and reviews of the vintage Dewback creature and the new Adidas Star Wars shoes! With an interview about the SARLACC charity pin, your voice mails, and news on where you can buy a mini replica of the R2-D2 mailbox, it's all in this week's Star Wars Action News podcast! …

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Episode 229: Going Commando

2010-01-17 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 31s

Since 1977 Star Wars fans have wanted to use the Force, be it squeezing fingers together to imagine choking a despotic boss or waving our hands so automatic doors open at the grocery store. But this was all taken one step further when Uncle Milton released their Star Wars Force Trainer, supposedly allowing Star Wars fans to use their mind to control a floating Jedi Training Remote. Arnie and Marjorie have put this "fun-ducational" toy through the paces, and report back on their findings on this week's podcast. Also this week, Gentle Giant Star Wars mini-busts seem to never be as coveted as when they are clones or when they are exclusives, and when they are exclusive clones collectors better watch out! The Gentle Giant Republic Commando mini-busts are reviewed on this week's show. With reviews of Star Wars blasters by both adults and children, a rundown on where to find $25 AT-STs, and more, it's all this week on Star Wars Action News, so go listen now!…

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Episode 228: The secret word is: Discount!

2010-01-10 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 45s

It's a new year, and it's time for a new episode of Star Wars Action News! And this week's episode is all about collecting in 2010. Various Star Wars collecting websites have been breaking tons of news about Hasbro Star Wars toys in 2010 and what's new is...vintage? And the return of the Ultimate Galactic Hunt? Plus a giant, $100 AT-AT! arjorie and Arnie run down the highlights of this news and give you their impressions of what the best news is. Also this week, discounts to be had on Hasbro toys far and wide. From BOGO figures to $25 Rancors to $7 Droid Factory 2 packs. Find out what's on sale and where by listening to this episode! With a run down of new products revealed online, a segment on what it means to "collect books", and a review of the all new, GREAT issue of the Star Wars Insider, it's all his week on the Star Wars Action News Podcast! …

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Episode 227: 2009 in reviews, the 00s in review

2009-12-27 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 2m 8s

Just over 10 years ago The Phantom Menace was rereleased in theaters for a limited run charity engagement, Episode I and Power of the Force 2 figures still shared pegs, and we were all still reeling from the death of our most beloved Wookiee. Now we look forward to a new decade of Star Wars with more years of the Clone Wars ahead of us, a still much promised live action TV series, and, of course, Star Wars Celebration V and the 30th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back. Join Arnie, Marjorie, Brock, Jason, Jerry, Nathan, and Scott as they look back on 2009 in Star Wars. Discussing all the major collectibles from Hasbro, Sideshow, Gentle Giant, and eFX Collectibles as well as the year in the expanded universe from books to comics to video games, and also reflect on how Star Wars has changed for them in the past 10 years. And finally they look forward to 2010 and what is to come... May it be a Happy and Star Wars filled New Year to all listeners of Star Wars Action News! …

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Episode 225: Star Wars Action News meets Star Wars In Concert

2009-12-16
Length: 1h 7m 0s

Now with tuberculosis!…

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Episode 224: Time to Celebrate

2009-12-07
Length: 57m 57s

The road to Celebration 5 begins...now!…

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Episode 223: Black Friday and Holiday Gift Ideas 2009

2009-11-26
Length: 1h 7m 46s

Now with fewer bargains...wait, that's not a good thing!…

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Episode 0: About Star Wars Action News

2005-08-27 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 4s

Our introductory episode is everything you need to know about Arnie, Marjorie, and Star Wars Action News. It's Calorie Free, Caffeine Free, and Sodium Free so try it now!…

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Episode 226: Something, Something, Something, Action News

0000-00-00 :: Venganza Media Inc.
Length: 1m 45s

If your Christmas shopping isn't yet done, here is Star Wars Action News with an episode bursting like a tree with too many presents for you to listen to while you shop! (And if you ARE done, well la de da, you can listen while everyone around you fights…

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Star Wars Action News

The only podcast dedicated to Star Wars collecting, hosted by a husband and wife who collect almost everything with the Star Wars logo from Band-Aids and facial tissue to high end lifesized replicas. A new episode comes out every Monday at swactionnews.com.

Star Wars Action News


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