'Chive Cast 125 - Peruvian Horse Hockey
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1M ago
  Gather round the fire to hear a harrowing tale of authentic rarities, clear fakes, questionable fakes, false identities and "tricycle sales." Plus a charity auction! Loading the player... WATCH ON YOUTUBE DIRECT LINK DOWNLOAD Show Note Links: BASA Vader Charity Auction - Deal or No Deal World Bicycle Relief Charity CC investigates: Is Ed Dtoke MJ actually Luis Gonzales? - CreatureCantina.com CC investigates: An Ed Dtoke MJ follow-up - CreatureCantina.com BASA Items - SWCA Database ..read more
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The Hottest Thing Agoin' is Star Wars: Kenner and the Holidays, 1978-1980
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2M ago
Ron writes:  For many constituents of Generation X, memories of Kenner Star Wars toys are interwoven with memories of the holiday season, that special time of the year when we celebrate religion, solstice, and the wonders of consumerism  -- and not necessarily in that order.  In the '70s and '80s, walking into a store during the holiday season was like walking into a new world -- you felt a little like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, as she opens that monochrome door and beholds the Technicolor vista of a more glamorous realm.  There was the sense that, for a few weeks ..read more
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When Star Wars Met Sapporo: The R2-D2-Like Beer Products of Japan
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10M ago
Ron writes:  Star Wars licenses have been granted for all manner of products. But how many official licenses are associated with alcoholic beverages? None that I can think of. Though I'll happily admit I'm no expert in this area, I just can't think of any official Star Wars product that's tied to beer. That paucity of official alcohol product makes this article by guest blogger Daryl Whitlow particularly interesting. If you love beer and Star Wars, and you want to collect something that bridges those interests, you might consider seeking out the Sapporo products that Daryl discusses ..read more
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Kenner Star Wars and the Sunday Funnies
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11M ago
Ron writes:  Intro  Do you remember Star Wars in the funny pages?  No, I'm not talking about the comic strip created by Russ Manning (and later Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson); I'm talking about Kenner advertisements that were printed in the funny pages of the local newspaper. I realize, not without a degree of melancholy, that some of you may not understand what I'm talking about. Allow me to explain. Back in the '70s and '80s, nearly every home received a newspaper on its doorstep each morning. That's how people stayed informed. You needed the newspaper to stay on top of th ..read more
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Was the "Happy Birthday" Poster Nearly Sold as a Commercial Poster?
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1y ago
Ron writes:  We haven't featured much poster content on the blog over the years. So when I saw that Danny Katzel posted some interesting poster-related content on a Facebook group, I thought I'd ask him to work it into a blog post. Happily, he agreed. Although posters are one of the most heavily collected areas in Star Wars fandom, certain examples remain mysterious. Questions abound, like: How exactly was the Happy Birthday poster distributed? and What was the intended forum for John Alvin's Concert poster? Danny's post touches on both of these longstanding questions, and raises a few ot ..read more
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Look at the Size of That Thing: An Interview With the Collectors Behind Read Five Books
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1y ago
Ron writes:  What do you reckon is the best book on Star Wars collecting ever published? I think most will agree there are several legitimate contenders for that title.  Undoubtedly, most will also agree that there's no correct answer to this question: Opinions will naturally differ as to which publication is superior.  But what if I modify the question slightly?  What if I ask not what is the best book on Star Wars collecting, but instead what is the most impressive? The blue, gold, and silver colors correspond to different Kickstarter tiers, while the black cover (m ..read more
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Vintage Star Wars Watches: Texas Instruments, Bradley & Beyond
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1y ago
Yehuda writes:  Character watches have been ubiquitous with playground fashion since the 1930s. Often dominated by the Disney cast, watch faces typically feature popular characters of the moment. I sported a manual wind Mickey Mouse watch in Second grade. I remember flashing it to a friend who in turn showed me his new Darth Vader watch. It was clear I had been bested. Once Star Wars was released, R2-D2 and C-3PO et al. quickly replaced Mickey Mouse on the wrists of many children. I don’t know if letters to Santa are still a thing. Do kids even write letters anymore? Maybe St. Nick i ..read more
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Managing Sentiment: The Introductory Letter to the Early Bird Certificate Package
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1y ago
Ron writes:  A while back I published a blog post about consumer and retailer reactions to Kenner's 1977 Early Bird Certificate Package. It was pretty well received. I even dropped by a couple of podcasts to talk about it -- Star Wars: Prototypes and Production and The Vintage Rebellion.  On one of those podcasts (I apologize for not being able to remember which at the moment), I was asked how principal Star Wars toy licensee Kenner prepped the public for the product.  After all, it's clear from newspaper articles like the one pictured above, from the Beckley Raleigh Register ..read more
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Store Wars: The 1990 Return of Star Wars to the Bread Aisle (Sort Of)
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1y ago
Jonathan writes:  Most collectors are familiar with the Star Wars bread promotion of 1977 which included Wonder Bread and at least one other regional bakery brand. If you are looking for information about that promotion, check out the blog post that I wrote on the topic several years ago. The CBC Breads Store Wars Incentive Program was a sequel, of sorts, to the 1977 bread promotion. By 1990, the Continental Baking Company (CBC), the corporate owner of Wonder Bread and other brands, had transferred ownership from ITT, its corporate owner in 1977, to Ralston Purina.  &nb ..read more
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'Chive Cast 124 - Paploopalooza
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1y ago
It's the end of the 79 Back season (and an era of archaic 'Chive Cast technology) as Skye and Steve explore the surprisingly many facets of Ewok Scout and speederbike-stealing hero Paploo. From more cardback identity confusion and cute knit hats to unsettling greeting cards and bad chili dogs, "Kieeco" has it all. Loading the player... DIRECT LINK DOWNLOAD TABLE OF CONTENTS: 18:49 – Skye-Ku 22:21 – Paploo Memorabilia: Eraser, Blockbuster Stickers, Pride Watch, Mittens, Knit Hats, Sweatsuits, Pyjamas, Underwear 41:24 – Behind the Steve: 3 Paploos 54:10 – Nugget “Mechanical?" 58:45 – Th ..read more
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