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May 30, 2016

Our most random Star Wars find ever...

From the Museum that brought you the infamous Virgin in a Condom art display, here's Star Wars figurines in a Kiwiana display....

We took our children to the wonderful Te Papa Museum and found this random scene of the Star Wars figurines doing some kind of Can-can dance ... In a kiwiana display of all things! There seems to be two Leias, a silver protocol droid, Hoth Han, a Hoth Storm Trooper, a walking carpet and a Tusken Raider. 


If you're ever in Wellington, New Zealand, we totally recommend you visit Te Papa. It's fabulous! It's a perfect family outing - both kids and adults will get things out of it. They even have a massive colossal squid !! 

May 25, 2016

Rogue One / VII cast poster art revealed for Celebration

Star Wars celebration 2016 Poster


To help promote STAR WARS CELEBRATION EUROPE 2016 a poster featuring some the cast from Star Wars VIII and Rogue One has been released. For fans looking for insight into the R1 movie, note on the poster is a new class of AT-AT: the AT-ACT, or All Terrain Armored Cargo Transport.

This poster is just one more in a long line of Star Wars posters...

May 22, 2016

The complete list of Star Wars film release dates


The complete list of Star Wars film release dates

The release of Star Wars films are some of the most anticipated dates in film history. While everyone when nuts with impatience in the year Empire was released, arguably the most anticipated dates in Star Wars film history were those for The Phantom Menace and The Force Awakens.

Here's a list of all the Star Wars film dates, and yes, we threw into the list the animated The Clone Wars film, and the two Ewok adventure spins offs as they are all part of the Star Wars family (who doesn't love a Gorax!). Yes, you too Star Wars Holiday movie.

Film Release date

A New Hope May 25, 1977
Star Wars Holiday Special November 17, 1978
The Empire Strikes Back May 21, 1980
Return of the Jedi May 25, 1983
Caravan of Courage November 25, 1984
The Battle for Endor November 24, 1985
The Phantom Menace May 19, 1999
Attack of the Clones May 16, 2002
Star Wars: The Clone Wars August 10, 2008
Revenge of the Sith May 19, 2005
The Force Awakens  December 18, 2015
Rogue One December 16, 2016
The Last Jedi December 15, 2017
Episode IX May 24, 2019

So of these movies, the Holiday special and the two Ewok movies are no longer considered official canon.

You'll note that for the first six 'big movies' they traditionally had a release date of sometime in the month of may. New Hollywood marketing realities since those movies were made (and a delay in the production of The Force Awakens) meant the December Christmas Holiday season is the favoured release window.

May 16, 2016

Who or what is the Blue Snaggletooth? And what is the truth?


The Blue Snaggletooth is one of the rarest Star Wars figurines - its design was part guess, part screw up. But wait, is there a alternative truth. Something that comes from a certain perspective. 

Snaggletooth, was originally released by toy maker Kenner in 1979 as part of a 'Star Wars Cantina Adventure' set. He came with three other friends, Hammerhead, Walrusman and the eponymous Greedo

Their faces were sculpted rather accurately by Kenner when compared to how they appeared in the original Star Wars movie, but what they did to their clothes (and sometimes physiology) has amused figurine collectors for years since.

With only a black-and-white headshot photo of Snaggletooth to go on, Kenner effectively made-up what it thought the character looked like, giving the alien human proportions a lovely blue suited costume to wear. It was quite the dapper costume.

The  actual movie version of Snaggletooth is actually half the height and wears a red outfit. Once this 'mistake' was confirmed, the correct version of Snaggletooth was re-produced and released. This meant that original Blue Snaggletooth is now a rare find and a prize worth to any Star Wars collectors top shelf. 

THAT ABOVE IS THE LEGEND. HERE IS THE TRUTH:

It can be argued that Kenner didn't really make a mistake with their design. If you want the real truth you have to go to the official Star Wars site where they lay it out:

"The funny thing is that Kenner actually wasn’t mistaken. Snivvians, the species of Snaggletooth, are average sized and more than one does appear in the classic trilogy. The character that inspired Kenner to create a smaller Snaggletooth didn’t even appear in Star Wars. It was a smaller female Snivvian called Zutmore who appeared in The Star Wars Holiday Special, seen on the photo Kenner used for the figure’s card. The Snivvians that appeared in Star Wars are often documented in black and white photographs and while they sport a hunchback, neither is short in height."

So there you have it. Every other website seems to report that the design of Snaggletooth was done in some kind of vacumn - however

Fun Fact One: The legend of the Blue Snaggletooth is so well established that you can still buy the figurine on Amazon.

Fun Fact Two: Walrusman was eventually renamed - Ponda Baba, and the rest is history.