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Ron writes:

 If you're like me, you view collecting as being all about contextualization. You, as a collector, are trying to assemble a group of objects that tells a story. That's ultimately what motivates you -- the story.

Sure, the chicks are also great. But let's be honest: After you've been collecting Star Wars toys for a while, the spectacle of women throwing themselves at your feet and begging for your attention becomes a little old.

Which is why you should consider dressing up your collection with signs.

Signs are a great way of adding context to all that stuff you've acquired. They're also a great way of ensuring that long-haired freaky people remain 100% aware that they need not apply.

In this post I will cover signs of two types. I've found each type to be helpful in contextualizing my collection.

Shelf Tents

A shelf tent is a small sign resembling a place card that can live unobtrusively on a shelf beside whatever it is that you're displaying. I say it resembles a place card because it literally is a place card.

Avery makes a decent printable place card. I've found that 2" x 3.5" is a good size for a shelf tent.

I can hear you saying, "That's it!? Your idea of a hot collecting tip is a printable Avery card that I can buy on Amazon?"

Well, I didn't say I was imparting arcane knowledge or stealing the Declaration of Independence with Nicolas Cage. It's just a simple idea for a sign. Feel free to come up with a more complicated one, if you're into that kind of thing.

Here's an example of a shelf tent I made for one of my items. You can format the text in any way you like.


Wall Placards

One drawback of the shelf tent is that it doesn't allow for a lot of text. It imparts its knowledge in a few lines, and that's that. Fortunately, the wall placards I've designed are more spacious.

Here is what you will need to make them:
Once you have your materials in hand, you can start to assemble your signs.

First, take off your clothes and put on the speedo.

Next, simply type the text you want on the sign into the Word template provided by the label company (you may need to adjust the template a bit). When you're done with that, print the labels, and then stick them onto the chipboard squares.

Yes, you can also print the text on regular paper, cut the paper, and glue it to the squares, but I discovered that doing that leads to problems concerning the squareness of the signs. No matter how carefully I cut, they always looked a bit off.

When you stick the label to the square, you may find that an edge or two of the label slightly overlaps the cardboard. Don't worry about that. No one will notice once it's on the wall. If you trim it off, it's liable to look janky. The key is to make sure that none of the brown cardboard is showing when viewed from the front. Apply the labels carefully!

To get it on the wall, use the Command strips. Simply stick two on the reverse of the square, as shown in the below photo, then pop two additional Command strips onto the ones you've stuck to the square. Then remove the adhesive backing from the latter two strips, and carefully affix the whole assembly to the wall (use a level if you want to feel like a real man).


The Command strips give the squares a bit of clearance from the wall, which makes the signs look pretty swank and museum-like. If you need to remove the strips, you should be able to do so without damaging the wall by following the instructions provided by 3M. I tested it, and it worked for me.


At this point you can remove the speedo. But make sure you store it someplace safe. You'll need it should you decide to make additional signs.
And there you go. Signs!
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Skye writes:

 The DREAM. You know the dream. We’ve all had the dream. The one where you walk into an old toy store that is filled floor to ceiling with vintage toys. The one where you discover a room filled with factory overstock. The dream from which you hate to wake.

 What if you could recreate that dream? Let’s go even further, what if you could recreate the experience of dreaming that dream.

Montreal based artist Eric Bond has tried to do just that with his astonishing, befuddling and not-a-little-bit disturbing video series entitled “I Found You.” His dreamscape is made entirely in miniature and with painstaking detail. Star Wars toys, Nintendo games, cereal boxes, GI Joe playsets, comics… the entire pop culture menagerie of a child of the 80s and of the middle-aged collector of the 2000s is reproduced, destroyed, submerged and lit with a sickly neon glow.

These works are clearly and overtly inspired by Vaporwave, a recent genre of music that takes 1980s cheesy pop and distorts it to the point of grotesquery. This is usually paired with visuals of 1980s Mall consumer culture. When listening to this music you feel the warmth of nostalgia in your bones, but also sick to your stomach as you are stuck in an uncanny recreation of a disappearing culture. Here's a great compilation of Vaporwave to familiarize yourself with the genre.

Bond’s art works on the similar nightmare/dream aspect of Vaporwave, but he deals exclusively in the memories and artifacts of 1980s youth culture. Take a look at the photos in this gallery, or better yet, check out these videos:

I FOUND YOU : Fiction Affection Full movie - YouTube
I FOUND YOU: WATER DAMAGED DREAMPLAY * *テレパシー能力者 - プロムナード - YouTube

I’ve seen these in person, and it is unbelievable the amount of work that has gone into this. Each recreation is an object of art, yet he is not afraid to deform his work and to make it ugly. He easily could have made a toy store from 1983 and lit it well. It would have been spectacular and frankly, would have received more attention and admiration from a larger public. But that would have been a mere trick, and this has realized aspirations to art and an individual’s artistic vision. He is not recreating our youth, he is recreating our youth as it is recreated in our subconscious.
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What is a Protomold? How is it different from a Hardcopy? How was it made? Who made it? So many questions and amazing amounts of answers coming from Ben Sheehan, who just wrote the blog post about. Ron Salvatore joins to add his prototype knowledge, Steve keeps it on the rails, and Skye talks about his mom's underpants. In other words...it's a typical 'Chive Cast!


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Ron writes:

 Bootleg action figures from Poland were among the first items I can recall being wowed by on the Star Wars Collectors Archive.

Actually, I don't think they were even considered Polish at that time; all anyone knew was that they were weird and ugly.

Here's an old entry by Chris Georgoulias. Somehow, the internet has preserved it for decades, along with countless other crazy things, like "you've released the fooking fury," Selleck Waterfall Sandwich, and that dodgy Limp Bizkit fansite you made using GeoCities after Becky dumped you and went to Lollapalooza with some guy named Chad.

Those old SWCA entries were my introduction to Polish bootlegs. I was immediately smitten, especially so in the case of the crazy Princess Leia with AT-AT Driver limbs and silver star puffs hairdo.

By that way, that last link leads to a later entry written by yours truly. I'd forgotten that I'd described that Leia figure as Blue Snaggletooth's prom date. Funny.

As a collector, I've always been drawn to novelty. Here was an area of collecting that was wholly mysterious! In the '90s, only a few collectors in the States owned examples of these figures, and almost no one knew their full story. Seeing them was exciting. It opened a door.

Somewhat weirdly, it wasn't long before I had the opportunity to purchase all of the figures that I'd seen on the SWCA. The man who owned them was selling large portions of his collection. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity. I recall paying about $20 each for them. When I proudly told a collecting friend of this, he looked at me in horror. Twenty bucks a pop for those dire things? He thought I got robbed.

Maybe I did get robbed. At the time, you could buy many carded figures for $20. But it seemed worth it to me to own something obscure. And I already had a bunch of carded figures.
 
Well, flash forward 20 or so years, and Polish figures have ceased to be obscure. They're an accepted part of the hobby; some collectors even focus on them. For this we can thank collectors like Joseph Yglesias and John Alvarez, who continued gathering information on these figures long after I'd grown to lazy to keep up. In fact, I traded a good portion of my material -- which had come to include a couple of very rare carded examples -- to Joseph sometime in the early 2000s. I sort of regret it. I got some very nice things in trade, though.

Fortunately, I still have some relics of those days.


Here you see the original photographs that were featured on the Archive. They're dated February of 1994.


And here are two of the ziplock baggies in which they came to me. I love the little stickers reading "RARE." Such melodrama!


Finally, here's the box in which all the bagged figures were stored. In case you didn't get the hint, rare figures were inside.


The inside cover even bears a sticker with some Polish text on it.

Anyway, all of this is but an introduction to the real topic of this post: Jakub Burzyński's excellent new book, Far Far Away: A Guide to Unlicensed Vintage Polish Star Wars Action Figures.


As you may have guessed from the title, it's a thoroughly deep dive into the realm of Polish bootlegs. I think it's likely to remain the authoritative source on this area of collecting for the foreseeable future.

Jakub appears to have a gift for organization, as the book is scrupulously structured and logically laid out, with its sections corresponding to different series of Polish bootlegs. Jakub identifies eight such series from the vintage era, ranging from a early articulated Chewbacca (a series consisting of one figure!), to a second and final set of articulated figures, the production of which wound up around 1990. Two additional series are covered in subsequent sections, including one whose figures included capes decorated with bizarre designs.


But as anyone who has any interest in this stuff knows, to collect Polish is to collect variations. There are scads of color variants available within some of the individual series. If you want them all, you need to find the blue, the pink, the green, and so on.

Fortunately, Far Far Away contains a lot of color photography to help you get a handle on what exactly is out there.

There are even sections devoted to non-Star Wars items. My favorite: a Rambo figure that looks something like Phyllis Diller wearing a bandanna and green pants.

Take it from someone who knows a little bit about compiling collecting information: a lot of work went into this project, and we can thank Jakub and his many sponsors and contributors for putting so much effort into a collectibles book that truly does justice to its subject.

Judging by the photos of the author featured at the back of the book, Jakub is a tasteful dude who knows how to rock a velvet jacket. That sense of taste is evident throughout this production. It's easy to appreciate the book as an object. The cover design is simple but striking, featuring Leia as Blue Snaggletooth's prom date on a black background. The exterior of the book has a rubberized texture that makes it feel grippy and thoroughly high-class. And the print quality, paper, and writing are ace from start to finish.

If you're interested in purchasing a copy, you can contact Jakub via his Facebook profile. The price isn't cheap -- but then neither is the product. This is a classic example of the purchaser getting exactly what he pays for.

If you'd like more information, check out Jakub's interview on a recent episode of our podcast.
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Steve writes:

 Recurring guest blogger Ben Sheehan is here to shed some light on the intricacies of protomolds -- a desirable yet often understood vintage action figure prototype stage.


Ben writes:

If you want to see what a confused vintage Star Wars prototype collector looks like, you couldn't do much worse than to ask one to explain exactly what a protomolded action figure is. Better yet, ask them to explain why a protomold even exists.

Chances are, that at some point during the conversation, they’ll wind up stumped.

To be fair, confusion surrounding protomolds has a long and reasonably rich history. From the time they were dubbed “Internal First Shots” by collectors back in the 1990s, or even sold as regular action figures or hardcopies by Kenner employees, they’ve been a touchstone for head scratching in the vintage community (I found this out the hard way in 2000, when a Kenner designer sold me Nikto and Emperor “hardcopies” that were protomolds).


“They’re all hardcopies, it doesn’t matter what they’re made of,” lamented one Kenner designer when asked about the subject. See, even some Kenner people who worked with them aren’t able to easily define exactly what they are.


One thing has been clear: protomolds were used for marketing and sales purposes, in photography, and at presentations by Kenner from early on in the Star Wars line. Loose or carded, they have shown up fairly consistently dating back to nearly the beginning of the Star Wars toy era. How early? Pretty much from the second release of Star Wars action figures in 1978.

The Rocket-firing Boba Fett seen in Kenner imagery and on cardbacks (though it looks like original art) is a protomold, for example. Several of the Cantina Creatures have shown up in protomold form as well. There is one release of figures during ESB that seems to be a protomold free zone: no known examples exist for the first 11 new figures released in 1980.

By and large though, they have been discovered for every other release, right through to the end of the line in 1985.


So what are they exactly -- these off-white, injection-molded prototypes, that will sometimes show up in hybrid form with unusually light resin, dynacast and carbalon torsos or heads?

Many people know the answer to that question: they’re in-house, Kenner made samples shot in low-yield molds (meaning, shot under less pressure than was used to make action figures during production).

While the molds they’re made in are often referred to as “aluminum,” they are actually injection molded in Kirksite -- a mix of aluminum and lead.

But why did Kenner go to all the trouble of doing this, when these same prototypes could be made early using the silicone molds that produced tooling hardcopies? Why bother with creating a set of molds, instead of just pouring and casting multiple resin pieces?

The answer to that question is time.


In the toy manufacturing process, time is money. Lots of money. It’s a relatively long and messy process to make hardcopies, particularly multiple examples. It’s not just a case of mixing up a batch of resin, pouring it into a mold, then waiting a few hours for each example to cure. Kenner’s sculpting staff, who were initially responsible for making hardcopies, almost right to the end of Empire, had a lot to do already, and by their own admission, weren’t very good (for the most part) at making them.

It often took multiple attempts to make a single example, and by the time they’d gotten around to making enough for every Kenner department that needed one, productivity had slowed to a crawl.

Tooling needed one. So did sales, marketing and packaging. The model shop needed at least one, and the molds to make their own. Then you had trade shows or presentations, international sister companies, and foreign tooling vendors who wanted them.

Really though, the only people who “needed” a hardcopy, were the tooling vendors themselves. Everyone who wasn’t cutting molds could get by with a rougher facsimile of a hardcopy (even though hardcopies were great for most any purpose they were used for).

A quickly machined and relatively soft Kirksite mold could quickly crank out a dozen or more prototype figures that were ready for use the same day. Better still, the whole process could take place inside Kenner, who had been set up for rapid prototyping well before Star Wars arrived. Better again, protomolds didn’t break easily.

And it took just one hardcopy to create Kirksite tooling for as many protomolds as Sales, Marketing, and other departments required (just to hammer the point home, only a hard resin hardcopy is suitable to produce tooling for production or prototyping -- they are unique in this respect).


So why are protomolds constructed differently sometimes?

Protomolds are fairly easy to identify. They’re hand painted (only a handful of unpainted examples have been found), with both the final production plastic color and detail added using paint or an air-brush. They don’t have peg holes in their feet (with maybe one exception), and will be a variation of the same milky white color. Often the heads will be pinned using a plastic rod molded into it, though not always. In the case of 8D8, the limbs are attached this way as well. Some ESB (TIE Pilot, Leia Hoth, Rebel Commander) and ROTJ figures have resin torsos made out of carbalon, dynacast, or lightweight resin (Black Bespin Guard and Nikto has shown up with this construction). Luke Jedi is found with an alternate dynacast hardcopy head.


There are a variety of reasons for these differences. Most, I believe, relate to revisions done by sculpting or tooling. In some cases though, things were done in the way that would provide an end product as quickly as possible.


Part of the confusion about protomolds stems from the fact that a lot of figures that aren’t protomolds are claimed as such by their owners. One might argue, “my first shot action figure is different to production, and you can tell that the mold was changed prior to release. The plastic is also different to production. It’s all ABS, with no PVC. Or it’s molded in white, or another color, so I guess it’s a protomold too right?”

Sadly no, it’s not -- particularly if it’s from the "First 12" release. But then that’s a topic for another blog post.
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Hear Skye and Steve live from the Collectors Social Lounge podcast stage and from the show floor of Celebration Chicago 2019. We talk about the Archive Party, C-3POs eating competition, the Archive's Collecting Track panel, grooming Wookiees, buying lobby cards and interview Derby, Salvatore, Lev, Warren and our very own Grammy Daddy. All this and some iffy sound quality on the 98th Vintage Pod.



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02:10 – Jasper Nixon Returns
05:56 – Archive Party IV Recap
09:31 – C-3POs Eating Competitions
12:07 – Positivity and mending rifts
14:09 – Talk about the Panel
16:15 – Skye’s Big Purchase of a Plush Display
23:43 – Steve’s Lobby Cards
27:40 – Canadian Paploo
30:50 – Anthony “Grammy Daddy” Spinnickie announces contest winners
34:45 – Ron Salvatore Hates Star Wars (and the podcast)
39:30 – The Rocket Fett
40:56 – Tom Derby joins the show briefly
46:33 – Bruce White Talks Leia
49:21 – Jasper from the Show Floor
50:51 – Interview with Lev (from Toy Tokyo) about his last Uzay
53:04 – Warren Tells a happy tale
56:17 – Skye Meets the New Chewbacca


 
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Amy writes:

 Ready or not, Celebration is here! Without further delay, here is the second part highlighting collector giveaways at the show.  For a recap, check out the first installment here.


Mouse trap - Chris and Stephanie Riehle


Star Warriors patch set - Vincent Michael, Michael Tricomi, Gordy Owen, Rob Amantea

 
Archive Party sticker - Robin Bocra


Swag Hunter button - Shawn Moynihan

 
Button - Warren Rehberg

 
Buttons and folder - Thorsten Sith, Stefan Kluth



Droids puzzle patch - Line Force, Norwich SW UK, Worldwide Flag of Friendship, Flying Solo, Mandalorian Mercs, NESWCC

 
Funeral card - Matt Haynick



Ewok coins - Mike Kurtz

 
Tee pin - Nerdmatters

 
Carded pin - Peter LeRose

 
Vintage pin - Ian Trussler

 
Patch set - various fan sites

 
Patch set - FL, OH, IN, KY, PA, NY, TX, D.C

 
Pin - Brad Portnoy


Soundstage Tunisia colorforms set - Brian Horner



5th anniversary wooden nickels - Indiana Star Wars Collecting Community



Card pins - Arizona Thug Life

10th Anniversary pins - CAVSWCC

National Parks vintage travel postcards - CAVSWCC


This year, swag donations are being accepted in the Collector Social Lounge room W476 to benefit Rancho Obi-Wan. Donations will be on display from Thursday to Saturday mid-day. The auction will be held on Saturday in the Collecting Panel Room.

I'm off to pack. See you in Chicago!  Kool and the Gang says it best, "bring your good times and your laughter too... let's all celebrate and have a good time."
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Polish collectibles. Polish collectibles. Polish collectibles. Polish collectibles. Polish collectibles. Polish collectibles. Polish collectibles. Polish collectibles.Polish collectibles.Polish collectibles.


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Pete writes:

 Well the time has come and gone, and much like the day following Celebration or some other major hobby event it feels almost surreal.  What was one of the biggest presentations in the modern era of an extensive grouping of items from the Vintage era has closed, and now we get to look back at the fun and of course look at the selling prices for one of best groupings of Star Wars items to come to auction in recent history.   

It kicked off on Wednesday February 27th with a Q&A session with of Return of the Jedi Producer Howard Kanzanjian. This part of the event was enough to attract collectors from all over the states and even the Great White North. It was a rare chance to meet someone who worked behind the scenes on not only a Star Wars film but other productions by Lucasfilm as well.




Howard’s involvement with the event didn’t stop there, as his collection was one of the cornerstones of the auction. It created a nice bridge for an auction house that typically specializes in props vs. toys and collectibles by giving the participants the chance to bid on items from the fringe of those two categories with cast & crew items and internal awards from Lucasfilm. In addition to these items, Howard’s toy collection that he acquired through licensee samples and other means directly with Lucasfilm was also available, including some extremely rare pieces which we’ll cover later in the article.

The two day event for the auction itself was well structured and had a lot of ups and downs that kept things exciting. Whether it was the cheering of winning bids going way above the estimated price or the jeering for those that got a great deal on items, the atmosphere was fun through and through. 

A lot of people look at this event as another extension of large scale auction houses getting into a category that has been dominated by eBay for the past 20 years running, and that’s correct on one hand, but completely out of context on the other. For example, looking at the Hake’s auctions over the last year in comparison to this particular-event would be like comparing Radio Shack to Best Buy.   

The breadth and depth of the items offered at Prop Store was more vast in every respect. Near full runs of production items, coupled with a slew of pre-production and not-for-resale items like store displays are just a few of the reasons that this auction is so different than others.   

Pete’s Picks:

With something as expansive as this, there’s no way that we can cover even half of the amazing pieces that were available.  So for those of you who want to take a deep dive into all 700+ lots offered please see the total catalog results here.  

Here are my personal favorite items from the show:

PRODUCTION ITEMS

As mentioned, the expansiveness of the production items in this auction was second to none.  Whether you needed a rare mailer, a 12 Back Luke, or just a loose B-Wing Pilot, it was available. In this category some of the highlights included an AFA 85 Droids Boba Fett with a clear bubble, one of the nicest Droids Fett examples I’ve ever seen.     


Outside of traditional off the shelf items we had a rare ESB Line Art 15-pack, one of the few grails in the world of catalog multipacks graded with the correct baggies.  Lastly on the production front, there was a good selection of the Special Offer 3-packs. Yhe standout for me was the Droids Set, one that’s not as rare as some of the others, but one of the best condition examples I’ve come across in my brief collecting career.

NOT-FOR-RESALE ITEMS

If you’re confused as to what I mean by the title here, it’s pretty simple. These are things that should have never made it into consumers' hands. Store displays are the key category under this banner and there were some great pieces up for grabs.

The most notable of all of these was the Pedal Car Speeder Bike new in box with unused display. Something that may be one of a kind in this day and age, it was a spectacle to see one surface and as you can see below, this amazing piece of Kenner history almost hit $25K in selling price.


On the store display front, we had a few great pieces come up.  In total, three store displays with their original shippers and hardware were up for auction. Finding these with a shipper is beyond rare in general, but especially so for the three-sided Micro Collection display and the biggest header display from the Kenner line, the ROTJ Battle Scene. Both pieces rarely come up for auction and to find them complete with shippers may be a once in a lifetime situation for some collectors.    

Lastly and definitely not least was the Canadian store display for the Chewbacca plush doll. Whenever these come to market heads still turn. A few inches taller than the production piece in the states, this guy stands at nearly 4 feet tall and is truly a sight to see.


So there was a nice mix of some great deals on super rare items and great prices realized on some even rarer pieces.

PRE-PRODUCTION ITEMS

One of the things that really differentiated this auction from others was the number of unique items. When it comes to pre-production, the gap between other auctions was widened incredibly. With nearly 50 pre-production items from vintage toy lines included in the auction spanning the gamut from wax sculpts and first shots to proofs and internal Kenner documents, there was something for any pre-production collector out there.


One of the key pieces that we rarely see come up for sale was the Paploo 6-Up soft copy coin from the 2nd series of Ewoks cartoon charters. Most of the time these trade behind closed doors, so seeing one in an open auction was refreshing and gave us a good look at the true value of one of the less popular character examples.


The small green Jedi Master Yoda was at the center of two of the auctions with a hardcopy of the Yoda 8-Ball figure, along with a hand and cane from the unproduced Talking Yoda doll. Both did very well in terms of over all price given the rarity of each.


Lastly were a few items from the Revenge and Return of the Jedi series. The highest watermark ever for an AT-AT proof sheet was realized, nearly doubling the going rate of just two years ago.
    

Following behind was another piece from the Jedi line, a Nikto Engineering Pilot on a 48 Back Walsrus Man cardback. This is one of the few found years back by a well known collector from the Carolinas and one of the best examples of the bunch, pulling in a grade of 70 with most examples in 50-60 condition or worse.  

Biggest Surprises:

Coming out of the auction there’s always a few things that surprise you, and this event was no exception to that rule. With that being said, here are the biggest shockers coming out of the auction.

One of the most heavily featured items was the Indiana Jones Temple of Doom Mola Ram wax sculpt. The piece came in just short of meeting its reserve price, which unfortunately was a bit of a trend for some of the higher end pieces in the auction.


The "Collect All 21" Free Boba Fett bell display was another surprise when it came to items not selling, although with a high reserve on it and the fact that these are much more available than they were even 2-3 years ago it’s maybe not a surprise, but more of a disappointment.

All in all it was a fun event with a lot of great items to view. Prop Store is looking into additional events in the future, so make sure you sign up for their email list and visit their site regularly to make sure you don’t miss out on something epic!

Wampa Wampa,
Pete
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Amy writes:

 Celebration Chicago is a few weeks away. Soon we will be reveling in 5 days of panels, parties and swag. The best part, as always, is seeing collector friends that you only get to see at Celebration. Naturally, many fans make small tokens to commemorate the event. For a refresh of what was handed out at the last celebration look no further than here.

Trading has been going on for several years now. Turns out, the tradition has only grown and spread far beyond the collecting community. Take for example this SWC Swag Group on Facebook which boasts a tracked list that exceeds 1,000 unique items for this convention alone.

Due to the sheer volume, I will be focusing these posts on collector and collectible themed swag. Prepare for your jaw to drop.

Coin set of 15 -- Complete the set and get the barge coin holder - NESWCC, Line Force, SWCS, SWCC, Swag Crew, Norwich SW Club UK 

12 patch set -- Complete collection of 12 and receive the bonus Boba patch -Joe Kersavage, Daryl Whitlow, Chris Moorehead, Chris Logli, Mark Schnack, Brent Abell, Donna Abell, Chris Hamilton, Marjorie Carvalho, Shawn Moynihan, Ralph Dizozza, Jimmy Barcellino, Brian Horner, Mike De Stefano

9 patch set -San Antonio Ewok Wranglers

Puzzle patch set -NESWCC

Build your own Palitoy Death Star -- Ben Coomber, Martin Woodgate, Peter Lee, James Martin, Simon McOwan, Robert Marsh, Daniel Burgess

SARLACC 25th anniversary coin -- Members of SARLACC

Han towels -starwars_runner

Kenner overstock hardcopy pins -- Josh Blake

Kenner TV mash-up buttons 1 of 5 -- Vintage Rebellion Podcast

2 Patch Set -- Darren Mcaleese, Bill Cable

Patch -- KSWCC

4 button set ESB -- Buckeye State Collectors

2 patch set -- Steve Rensi, Bill Cable

Mini Intergalactic Passport (collect all 4 stamps) -- Matthew Mulinaro

Button and patch carded set -- Nerdmatters

 Mail-away button -- Mark Huber

Dengar Disguise Kit -- Shawna Bova

Boba Fett Offer button (stop by the booth for a Boba Pin) -- Billy Galaxy

Vintage trading card buttons (collect all 9-blind packaged with a chance to win a patch) -- Craig Boyse

Han Solo HCF pencil sharpener -- Craig Spivey, Grant Criddle

Cobot tokens -- Erik Janniche, Johnathan McElwain

K-2-SO's cereal boxes, flyer, buttons -- Jim Gibbons

 Badge - Ryan Dooks

 Tiki patch -- Ken Tarleton


 Button based on UK party plates -- Graham Huges

Mini rig patch -- Craig Aossey

Pizza the Hutt promotion (various items) -- various collectors

 Boba Fett Micro pins -- Rob Amantea

Speeder Bike swag box --Todd Giganti

Various Mos Atlanta items - Narayan Naik

POTF bottle cap card sets (collect all caps to get a coin album) -GASWC and Mos Atlanta Cantina

Kenner Carrying Case patch set -- OSWCC

Carded Tarkin magnet -- Left Coast Graphics

Patch -- Chris Moorehead

Soda bottle pins -- Amy Sjoberg

Tote bag -- Jim Gibbons, Amy Sjoberg, Tom Stewart

Ewoks 9 patch set -- Mike Kurtz

If you are attending celebration, and want to meet some new collectors and make new friends, consider joining Star Wars With Friends (SWWF). Created by Cathy Kendrick, SWWF is a scrabble game you can play to win prizes and get swag. All donations made to play the game go to Rancho Obi-Wan. 


We have barely made a pecking on the surface! I will be making another post next week with more swag. Until then, may your lanyards be full!
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