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News and Notes from Around the Galaxy
New Products--This in from New Force Comics and Collectables: Coming from Hasbro: Item #84566 300th Figure- Boba Fett in special packaging Item #26189- Palm Talkers fefaturing, Jar Jar, Darth Maul, R2, Yoda, & Battle Droid Item #84355- Mega Action Figure- Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker Item #84465- Figure w/ CD Rom- Obi-Wan w/ Jedi Armour, Bespin Vader, Bespin Luke Item #26470- Legacy 12” figure asst.- IG-88, 4-Lom, Bossk Item # 32406- Legacy 12” asst. 2- Gamorian Guard,Lando/ Skiff, Weequay/ Skiff Item #32437- 100th 12” Figure- Luke Skywalker Item #32438- 12” Sith Lord 2 Pack- Darth’s Vader and Maul Item#84265.95 New Lightsabre Asst.
They are also taking pre-orders on the Ammo W#agon/ Falumpaset for $13.99 Due in a couple of weeks.
New Pics-- Our good friends over at Yakface.com and SirSteve’s have pictures of the upcoming 12” Speeder Bike and Scout Trooper. This is going to be one nice piece.
12” 2pk NEWS!-- Both the Fan Club and Entertainment Earth have 2000 Portrait Edition Qui-Gon and Amidala 2 pack. Here is the official lowdown from both places: The Fan Club--MosEspa "The Official Fan Club has recently received the Qui-Gon Jinn and Queen Amidala Defense of Naboo figure set. These Beautiful 12-inch masterpieces are packaged together in a collector's window box. Her Majesty's battle fatigues are crafted of lush purple velvet and satin with gold piping and her holster deeply cradles her 2 position-barrel blaster. Qui-Gon Jinn is handsomely adorned in a muslin tunic, pants and woven Jedi robe. Both figures come with marbleized plastic stands for display. In addition, free with every Qui-Gon and Amidala Portrait edition two pack is a set of Hallmark Expressions collector cards. Hallmark has teamed up with Lucasfilm and Topps to bring you three limited edition, Widevision trading cards. With Episode I images on the front and classic trilogy images and trivia on the back, these cards connect the newest installment of the Star Wars saga to Episodes IV, V and VI. Available while supplies last. The item number for the collection is WTY 0417 and they sell for $79.95. Collectors and fans alike can order their figures by calling The Fan Club at 1800-878-3326; Monday through Friday 5:45am to 10:15pm and Saturday and Sundays 9:00am to 6:00pm MST. Entertainment Earth--Entertainmanet Earth "MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT FOR STAR WARS COLLECTORS! -- Episode I Defense of Naboo -- New from Hasbro! Not available in any store! Defense of Naboo (Item #61785, $79.49) Qui-Gon Jinn & Queen Amidala -- 2000 Portrait Edition Order this item now and receive FREE domestic U.S. shipping (UPS Ground only). Mint Condition Guaranteed! Qui-Gon Jinn & Queen Amidala in the "Defense of Naboo" from the 2000 Portrait Edition. Hasbro has designed two beautiful and life-like 12 inch Portrait Edition action figures, one of Qui-Gon Jinn and one of Queen Amidala in her Padme disguise, and packaged them together in an attractive display. Qui-Gon and Queen Amidala stand on either side of a pillar in her palace, he with his green lightsaber and she with her pistol. A must have for serious collectors. Only available at Entertainment Earth and the Star Wars Fan Club! "
New Lucas Learning Titles-- This came across the wire from LucasLearing:
If your kids loved the Podracing scene in Star Wars: Episode One The Phantom Menace, they'll love building and racing through their own tracks in Anakin’s Speedway! Here kids develop essential planning, decision making and critical thinking skills as they design their own Podrace course! It’s from Lucas Learning, where products always place value on freedom, self-discovery and choice. A force for young minds.
Great sounding stuff for those young (and old) Jedi.
Hasbro Comes Through?-- In an oddly cool move, Hasbro has a poll up over at Hasbro's Star Wars Site. As of this writing Amanaman and Duros were battling it out for the top spot. To the winner? A chance to immortalized in new plastic for 2001. Stop over and check it out.
New Lego Pics-- The SWLego Maniac sends word that there are some cool pics of the upcoming min-fig sets from Lego Shop @ Home this year. Plus pics of the box art. Head over to From Bricks to Bothans and check it out.
More Maniac News-- Another word from the Maniac. He has a poll up at the site for a Death Star Play set. Now I don’t know about you, but a LEGO DS play set sounds too cool not to be done. Stop over at the link above and vote!
New Online Marmit source-- Had someone Pass me along a site for very decently priced Marmit products. Go to Andgor.com and check out the great deals.
New Unicards Poll-- Noor sends along word of a new poll over at TheOuterrim asking whether or not these are a good idea. Stop over and Voice your opinion.
Customs Contest-- Dan Curto from Curto’s Custom Alliance sends along news of a customs contest in association with Forgotten Force Ultimate Resource Guide here is the lowdown: Having just finished the DAILY CUSTOM UPDATES 2000, I thought it might be cool to change things around a bit. The final custom was a fan-fiction character named "Badoo Bok," A Rodian Jedi Knight -- he is also known as "Bralla" the Teguar dealmaker-- who crash-landed on Tatooine prior to THE PHANTOM MENACE. He was "almost seen" in the movie, which should make sense once you read the story I have written for him that takes place alongside events of the movie.
Customizers can submit their versions of this character and the top three will win prizes! More details can be found at either website.
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Well I never understood that title either but it makes as much sense as all the rumors that float around the web everyday regarding the Star Wars toy line. Since day one of Xizor’s View I have preached knowledge. To know about your hobby, whether it be toys, stamps, beanies, or what have you, is to make informed comments. Too many times, people -- some web people are notorious for this -- make snap or rash comments without fully knowing what is going on. Take the recent Target fiasco; there were many differing pieces of information floating about from many different sources. My sources came from inside a Target and from Target Guest Relations (though I consider the latter an oxymoron). Everyone else had comments from Target toy dept. employees, and managers, to someone who asked a “flunky” employee about the situation. Bottom line is until some big cheese from Target steps up with truthful information, it can all be taken with a grain of salt.(** A note on this subject: If you missed the news item of May 12th over at Rebelscum it indicated that Hasbro is looking into different avenues to get these in the hands of collectors. Check out the news article for the full report.**) These same people also would make you believe that they have exclusive information about things. Well the truth be told, most of us get our information from the same places. It just depends on whether or not you are sitting online the moment it comes across. Though there are times when you pick up a piece of “hot information”, that is when I say Share The Knowledge.
What is “Share the Knowledge? Well it is what it says. You should not go around with information that only you have. What good does that do for anyone else? There are too many times when webmasters and reporters from sites around the web feel it is their right to withhold information and not share it with anyone else. Well you know what, that doesn’t do the collectors any good. Not everyone visits every site every day of the week. You can’t. But by Sharing the Knowledge webmasters and collectors alike can help people to make informed decisions and to know what is going on in our hobby.
So why the fuss over knowledge? To put it simply, the more you know, the smarter you are. Star Wars toys are not rocket science (unless you count a missile firing Boba Fett), they are a fun hobby. But as with any hobby, you must know the basics. Going in blind will leave you lost and wandering through the murk of figures resting on store shelves. I will at this point say that we are not helped as much as we once were by Hasbro. When the POTF2 line was in its infancy, Hasbro made an effort to keep their web site updated with what was new and what was coming. They listed figures in “waves” which for what it’s worth was a good idea. It let you know which figures to look for at what times. You could get excited about what was coming up in the next month or the next quarter. Now the site has become too cumbersome and not really an integral part of our knowledge process. Bottom line, I just don’t think they care about it.
Since you have the basics you need to further your knowledge about collecting. You should know which pieces are “rare” or “harder to find”, and while you know I hate using those words, there are figures that fall into those categories. You also need to know the terms used in the collecting world. What is MOC, or MOMC? What is C-9 or C-3PO? You can make a huge mistake in your collection by not knowing what you are looking at. What about storage of you collection? Do you know how to do it properly? Are you hurting you collection as we speak? And what about showing it off? How do you display your collection? Are there special products out there to help you display? What elements can damage my collection? Sun? Humidity? Cold? The question are mounting, do you know the answers?
In the next few Views I will take a look at some of these questions for you. I don’t proclaim to have gospel answers, but over a 23 year collecting career I have amassed a bit of knowledge that I can pass along to you. You may find that you have a different way of doing something. Perhaps a certain product has worked well for you. Maybe you have learned a trick in your collecting time. To be involved in a hobby is to have fun and learn some new things. There is no right way to do things. Everybody brings a different set of “Views” to the table. Some preach only their way, but it is better to be open to new thoughts and ideas, rather than let your collection sit and collect dust. Expanding your universe to include as many figures stored and displayed in the best way for you, is the only way to have a good time with the “Hobby”. By the way, if you have a collecting group in your area, send me the information HERE.
When all is said and done, mind what you have learned and pass it along. For one day gone will I be and the last of the Collectors you will be. Sorry couldn’t resist that. I leave you with this, this week, if you take nothing away from today other than the knowledge of today, you still have learned something.