Jul 262014
 

2 more Imperial Officers. 🙂

More about Paul Markham and his involvement in Star Wars here: http://scifisignersunited.weebly.com/paul-markham.html

More about Ken Coombs and his involvement in Star Wars here: http://scifisignersunited.weebly.com/ken-coombs.html

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Nov 012013
 
Sep 012013
 

Hi readers,
I have to admit that at first I didn’t realize what exactly I was looking at and – funny enough – even the seller wasn’t aware. At that time there were only 4 buzz words that mattered to me: Kenner, Transparency, Star, Wars. When I read the description for each of the 3 transparencies on eBay, I knew I had to have all 3.
However, after the auctions had been live for about 1 day, the seller found out what he had there and he updated his auctions. Afterwards I wanted these transparencies even more. Unfortunately there were people from all over the world I had to bid against and in the end I only scored 2 of them. I really dislike situations like this, because I feel such items shouldn’t be separated, I think they should stay together in one collection. But that’s the way it is.

Let’s take a closer look at what we have here.

First picture is a closeup of the Power Spark X-Wing Fighter. Not really sure what that black thing is, but it looks as it can be used to wind up the toy somehow, maybe causing R2 to spin around? At least you can see that there’s a lot of motion blur where R2 is.

The second picture shows the prototype Power Spark AT-ST with all accessoires it was supposed to come with – if the Power Spark would have been released. The silver thing in the back is used to reflect light, for photographic reasons.

The third picture I didn’t get shows a similar set up as the AT-ST picture, only with the X-Wing Fighter.

If you want to read more about the Power Spark toy line/prototypes, go here -> TheSWCA and here -> TheSWCA

I especially like this sentence from the post at TheSWCA: „In the cases of both figures and vehicles, the hardcopy pieces were fully decorated with paint and stickers, most likely for use in preliminary photography.“
I think so too. 🙂

 

Aug 172013
 

Hello again,

this time I want to showcase my newest additions: First of all I got an excellent Jabba’s Palace diorama from my friend Bram from the UK which he custom made for me. The detail and work he put into it are really amazing, I saw pics of it before it came to me, but it looks a lot more amazing in person. And as if that wasn’t enough already, I got 3 Boushhs along with it, one of which I bought from Bram, the other 2 Boushhs were a free gift. Wow! In addition I again scored 2 new Lili Ledy Boushhs. Yes, I just can help it, I see a Mexican Boushh and I’m all over it. Last but not least, I can also add 2 new Lando Calrissian Skiff Guards to my collection, one of which is Lili Ledy too.
By the way, all of the figures come with original accessoires, even the staffs/vibro axes are included, they are just not pictured here.

hat better way is there to show off my new Boushhs/Lando Calrissian Skiff Guards standing in the new diorama? P.S.: Because of all the excitement it seems I fofgot to take a full shot of the diorama, oh well.

 

Leia, about to release Han.
Look at all the little details, amazing.

Hohohoho… I can literally hear him laugh…

From left to right:
Hong Kong COO, No COO, Taiwan COO, Lili Ledy, Lili Ledy

Left: Lili Ledy, right: No COO

Jul 282013
 

Hi readers,

what a weekend this was, I’m totally exhausted now. But it was worth every single second. I spent a few hours less at Celebration than I had initially planned, but I had to sleep at least a little between the days, right? 🙂 I had also planned to spend a little more money, but as I said earlier, vintage wise the prices were over the top, not my cup of tea to pay more, just because it’s a convention and that I was not able to use my fast passes to skip the queues for the photo ops pretty much ruined the photo ops I had planned with Mark and Carrie for me. But having saved that money is not the worst thing that could have happened, so it’s all good.

Anyhow, day 3 was very, very exciting. First on the Celebration Stage today were „The 4 Fetts“, John Morton (played Boba in one scene in Cloud City), Dickey Beer (Boba stunt man), Daniel Logan (young Boba in the prequels) and of course Jeremy Bulloch. Jeremy Bulloch came on stage in his costume and the crowd went wild. About half way through Tem Morrison (Jango Fett) came on stage, saying: „They just couldn’t leave me out, could they?“. At the end they all performed a New Sealand dance/song together with Warwick Davis.

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Since today Celebration ended already at 17:00, the breaks were not as long as during the past days. Only 30 minutes later the next show was on: „Jabba’s Palace reunion“. On stage they had: Squidhead, Tooth Face, Yak Face, Oola, Salacious Crumb and 2 Jabba puppeteers. Again, at the end of that show, they asked the guests questions which the people have raised via Twitter and guess what? My question was shown on the big screen and read out loud again, see below for proof this time. 🙂

Celebration Europe II - Day 3

I then went back into the exhibition hall for a short round, but quickly rushed back again as Mark Hamill was on. On my way there, I saw the queue for Mark, it was unbelievable long (see below) and I almost fell bad for having a VIP ticket, but just almost, as it felt good to go into the hall just like that and watching a great video which dj elliott has put together for CE II. Only 30 minutes later Mark came in, the crowd was on their feet, shouting, cheering, celebrating the return of their Jedi. It was the first time that I saw him live on stage and I didn’t know that he had so much to say. 😉 A little too much maybe for my taste, but we also learned a few interesting things from him that I may elaborate on soon.

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Again there were only 30 minutes between the ending of that show and the next and final show, the closing ceremonies. Half way through I left to get more Star Tots, that didn’t go too well tbh, but at least I got 1 I didn’t have before. While I was gone they announced that Celebration VII will take place in Anaheim in April 2015 and that preorder for tickets will start in 2-3 weeks.

That was it for today and for Celebration Europe II in Essen, Germany. I’m a little sad that it is over now, I enjoyed being there and writing about it every day and I also liked how the amount of readers increased from about 10-20 per day to 70-90 per day. 😉 I sure hope that I have now found new returning readers that way.

Some other pics from day 3 of CE II can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/maniac79/sets/72157634836762800/

Jul 282013
 

Hi readers,

again only got a few minutes to write this, so without any further undue:
Today I had a lot more time to walk around the exhibition hall, since I picked up all my autographs and preorders already yesterday and again saw a lot of awesome/hilarious costumes today. It was fantastic to go around and being able to finally have a good look at every booth, but at times that was difficult to manage, as today there were like A LOT more visitors at the show than yesterday. One could barely look at all the single booths. Of course I checked the prices for vintage Kenner stuff and, well, let’s say, I didn’t buy a single vintage thing, the prices were just over the top and that was also the impression of all my fellow forum friends.

So what else happened today? Kathleen Kennedy was on stage to talk about the future of Star Wars. Of course there wasn’t too much given away, but she announced that John Williams will be back for Episode 7-9, which I guess is a good thing. Later Dave Filoni came on stage to talk about their new animated TV show: Star Wars – Rebels, he showed some McQuarrie concept art and explained how they wanted to incorporate that style into the show. Then he showed some of their work and yes, they managed to imitate McQuarrie’s style quite well, I really liked it and it seems so did the rest of the audience. Really looking forward to this. I was hoping that they will at least show a short teaser trailer, but they didn’t. What he did show though was the logo of Star Wars – Rebels and it was enough to make the crowd go crazy. (see link at the bottom of this page for the logo)

Another fun moment was between the shows on the Celebration Stage when I met Mark Daniel (an amazing host to have over here in Europe) and DJ Lobot for a quick picture, again, the pic can be seen if you follow the link at the bottom of this page.

The last guest on the Celebration Stage today was Carrie Fisher. It was the first time I saw her live on stage and I found it quite entertaining to watch her joke around with Warwick Davis. A great moment worth mentioning of  her stage time was when they re-played live on stage the part in which Wicket and Princess Leia first met in ROTJ. It was so awesome, so hilarious when Warwick made all those funny Ewok noises and they clearly had a great time performing it. At the end of the show Warwick asked Carrie some questions which had been sent in by visitors via Twitter. And that was the greatest moment for me so far at CE II, because they actually read out my question and the whole audience was able to see it on screen – that was so awesome. I was so thrilled, so amazed, that I totally forgot to take a picture of it, even though I had the camera right in my hands. DOH! (Btw, my question was: „Have you actually ever kissed a wookie?“ and then she said: „Well, you have to ask Peter Mayhew and then she admitted: „Yes, I did!““)

Besides all that hilarious and awesome today stuff I finally managed to attend a collector’s panel and it was the one about German collectibles. I really enjoyed that and even though I knew most of the stuff already, if not all, it was exciting to see this presentation. At the end of each collector’s panel they handed out little collectibles, called Star Tots. A pic of the 2 Star Tots in my possession plus the limited edition display stand is in the link at the bottom of this page. My wife was in the panel with me, so when we walked out of the panel I had a double of  Imperial Gunner Star Tot, so I was looking to trade it. CE II closed at 19:00, but that was not the end of today. A lot of visitors went into the city of Essen for a „Cantina Crawl“ and I’m sure they had lots of fun. My wife and me drove home to have something for dinner and later on we drove back to Essen, we arrived just in time at 23:00 when the vintage collector’s fun really started. Vintage room sales at the Atlantic Congress Hotel – amazing stuff to be seen there, just as an example, about 20-30 cm away from me someone held a MOC DT saber Darth Vader. Drop that one and you can start by selling your car to pay that off, tbh not exactly my cup of tea, but amazing nonetheless. The 2nd greatest thing for me personally at CE II happened only a few minutes later when I looked to my left and saw a familiar face. I didn’t even have time to think, if I did, I think I would have just kept quiet, but I like the average Star Wars geek/fan was only able to say out loud: „Dave…“ and Mr. Filoni answered: „Hi man, how ya doin‘?“. Then he shook my hand before passing by, just to buy some cardbacks from a fellow forum member called mr_palitoy. Can you believe that? I couldn’t, but in the end it seems he is a collector just like we are.

Celebration Europe - Day 2 (vintage room sales)

So, enough babbling, here are the pics of today, enjoy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/maniac79/sets/72157634820465760/

Tomorrow will be the last day of CE II, be sure to follow me on Twitter, because I might tweet some interesting stuff every now and then if it comes up. 🙂 (https://twitter.com/maniac79)

P.S.: Another fun thing to do at a convention like this is to find people who give away/trade for their badges. I was able to acquire 3 badges as you can see in the link above. :))

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