Star Wars Action News

SWAN 430: SDCC 2014 Live from the Con Floor!

By Mike — Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Star Wars Action News' full coverage of San Diego Comic-Con International 2014 is here! Recorded live at the convention, join Arnie and Marjorie as they detail the exclusives and reveals from Star Wars collectible companies like Hasbro, Mattel, Jakks Pacific, Sideshow Collectibles, eFX, and more!

SWAN 429: SDCC Part 1 - Hasbro and High End Presentations

By Mike — Saturday, August 2, 2014
2014's San Diego Comic-Con International is in the books, but there was so much at the convention it is impossible to absorb it all in 5 days--both for those at the convention as well as fans watching from home. 

SWAN 423: Live from the CBR Bar at C2E2!

By Mike — Tuesday, April 29, 2014
This past weekend saw the largest comic convention in Chicago -- Reed Pop's C2E2! Saturday night Marjorie, Arnie, and several members of the Star Wars Action News family got together to talk about the convention, their Star Wars celebrity encounters, and their collectible finds! But the past two weeks have been full of news for Star Wars fans and collectors alike. 

SWAN 405: John Jackson Miller and the Crazy Wizard

By Mike — Saturday, September 21, 2013

The latest Star Wars expanded universe novel is Kenobi, a standalone story telling of the Jedi's arrival on Tatooine, including the locals and Tuskens with whom he tussles!  The book is appeasing Star Wars fans worldwide, and now Arnie sits down with author John Jackson Miller to talk about this Western-inspired tale.  

SWAN 404: ICE, ICE, Baby! Chilling with cool collectors

By Mike — Thursday, September 12, 2013

What happens when over a hundred of the world's most avid Star Wars collectors gather in one place over a long weekend? Fun, shopping and more! 

SWAN 403: Crazy Train

By Mike — Friday, August 30, 2013

Have you found the new Hasbro figures? All Hasbro's new lines, Black Series 4-inch, Black Series 6-inch, Mission Series, and Saga Legends, are showing up across the US. New toys are a welcome relief to the modern Star Wars figure collector after many months with no new releases, and on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast the coverage continues. Listen to this week's podcast for a hands on review of the new 4-inch Black Series figures. Then vintage Star Wars collector Jerry takes a look at the Saga Legends figures and provides his views on their five points of articulation.

SWAN 402: Separation Anxiety

By Mike — Saturday, August 24, 2013

New figures are on the pegs and Marjorie and Arnie are back in the Star Wars Action News studio ready to review them!  On this week's podcast the hosts look at new new Saga Legends figures from Hasbro.  With limited articulation and smaller card backs these figures have divided collectors between those who demand more collector-oriented figures and those who find the limited pose-ability a throwback to vintage collecting.  Hasbro claims they're some of the best sculpts they've ever done.  Listen to find out the final verdict!

SWAN 400: The Big 4-0-0 at CE2

By Mike — Tuesday, July 30, 2013

It was the biggest Star Wars party of the year--STAR WARS CELEBRATION EUROPE 2!  Six years after CE1 Celebration returned to Europe with a slew of celebrities, exclusives, and guests.  With Episode VII announced anticipation couldn't have been higher, and Star Wars Action News was there.  Hosts Marjorie and Arnie made their first Celebration Eurotrip to take part in the Collecting Track and report on the events.

SWAN 399 Pt. II : SDCC 2013 --- The Panels, The Toys, and More!

By Mike — Monday, July 22, 2013

The world's largest convention, San Diego Comic-Con International, is winding down but with all the news and reveals at the convention Star Wars fans have much to look forward to! Join the Star Wars Action News crew as they report on all the new collectible news from Hasbro, Gentle Giant, Kotobukiya, Diamond Select, Sideshow Collectibles, and so much more!

SWAN 399 Part I: SDCC 2013 -- Preview Night and The Black Series Line

By Mike — Thursday, July 18, 2013

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SWAN 398: Troy Denning's Crucible

By Mike — Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Released in stores today is Crucible, the new Star Wars novel from prolific author Troy Denning.  Taking place after the events in the last two major story arcs Legacy of the Force and Fate of the Jedi, this book focuses on Han, Luke, and Leia in what could be their final adventure (in this version of the expanded universe, anyway).  On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast Arnie sits down with Troy to discuss the impact of Episode VII on the existing Expanded Universe, his intents behind Crucible, and the Mortis trilogy's impact on Apocalypse.

SWAN 397: Look at the Size of that Thing!

By Mike — Wednesday, July 3, 2013

In preparation of The Yoda Chronicles premiere on Cartoon Network LEGO revealed their largest model ever--a life-sized X-Wing.  For Star Wars days at LEGOLand the X-Wing trekked across the country, and Star Wars Action News' reporter Berent was on hand to see it and talk to the master builder behind it.  How many bricks does it take to get to the center of a life-sized X-Wing?  Listen to Berent's interview to find out!

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

By Mike — Thursday, May 30, 2013

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.

SWAN 392: Exclusive Inclusive

By Mike — Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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.

SWAN 391: Into the Void with Tim Lebbon

By Mike — Tuesday, May 7, 2013

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.