Star Wars Action News

SWAN 345: Disney Dreams

By Mike — Thursday, May 17, 2012

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.

SWAN 344: Decade Of The Clones

By Mike — Thursday, May 3, 2012

We are rapidly approaching the tenth anniversary of the second Star Wars prequel film--Attack of the Clones.

SWAN 343: Heavy Metal Star Wars

By Mike — Monday, April 23, 2012

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!

SWAN 342: C2E2 '12

By Mike — Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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!

SWAN 341: Love At First Click

By Mike — Friday, April 13, 2012

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!

SWAN 340: The Collector's Podcast

By Mike — Monday, April 2, 2012

As Star Wars toys continue to trickle in across the country, new product has starting showing up in stores.

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

By Mike — Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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!

SWAN 338: James Luceno The Wise!

By Mike — Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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.

SWAN 337: LEGO Toy Man

By Mike — Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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.

SWAN 336: In Memory Of Ralph McQuarrie

By Mike — Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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.

Star Wars Action News Episode 335: Cereal Killer

By Mike — Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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!

Star Wars Action News 334: A Certain Cincinnati Point of View

By Mike — Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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 reigns! 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.

Star Wars Action News Episode 333 Toy Fair 2012 Day 1: Hasbro + Phantom Menace 3-D

By Mike — Tuesday, February 14, 2012

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.

SWAN 332: But Wait There's More!

By Mike — Wednesday, February 8, 2012

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!

SWAN 331: Party Like It's 1999

By Mike — Monday, January 30, 2012

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!