This week on the Collectors Galaxy podcast the guys finally get to see what Hasbro has in store for us re: the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars collection. SPOILER ALERT: It’s not impressive. But in any case, they go through the figures, discuss the packaging and give “Manny Bothans” a piece of their mind. Also on this week’s show there are two spotlight topics from the IC… Who is the Best Jedi? and, What movie-specific Kenner line was the bet of all-time? All this, plus Justin and Mike track down the Stormtrooper that banged his head (yeah, that Stormtrooper), Laurie Goode, and have a great time talking about his time on set, what it was like wearing that iconic costume, and what might have possibly led him to make this iconic blunder.

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This week on the Collectors Galaxy the guys discuss John Williams having his 85th birthday, winning yet another Grammy, and whether or not he should just go ahead and start scoring episode IX while he’s at it! Also on the show, our spotlight topics of the week include “Who’s the Best X-Wing Pilot” and “Whether or not customs are a good or bad thing for the overall collecting hobby.” We also have a special guest, Ron Salvatore in the Collectors Corner segment who talks about his love for vintage Star Wars, how his collection has evolved over time, and gives some great insight on how he thinks the hobby has grown over the years with the help of things like Facebook groups and message boards. This is a can’t miss for any serious Star Wars collector of fan.

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This week we follow up on some of the questions we got on last week’s Q&A epsisode, and we also introduce a new segment called “spotlight conversation”. In this week’s Collector’s Corner segment we are joined by the curator of the Sithsonian, a privately held Star Wars collection and museum, and a passionate member of the collecting community, Duncan Jenkins. Duncan is a pioneer in the community, and has authored several books with Gus Lopez on several subjects like prototypes, cast & crew items, and a whole lot more. Take a listen!

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This week on the Collectors Galaxy Podcast the guys get some top-secret intel on the possible plans for Hasbro’s 40th Anniversary Star Wars products. Will we get a new “first 12″ or vintage style packaging? Maybe! But nothing is concrete yet. Also on this week’s show, a wave of 3.75” is canceled, more Black Series waves are coming, and the guys really slow down on toy hunting ahead of Celebration. In the Collector’s Corner it’s “Show and Tell” day as the guys each bring some items from their collections to discuss. They also take your questions from Facebook, and give strong opinions on why the IC is 100% NO REPRO!

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Dear Hasbro,

As I’m sure you’re aware this year marks the 40th Anniversary of the release of Star Wars (aka A New Hope, or Episode IV). As a Star Wars fan, I’m extremely excited about this milestone for the Star Wars franchise, but as a Star Wars collector, I’m a little less enthusiastic. That shouldn’t be the case, but as a collector, I feel as though you guys just don’t have a solid grasp of what we, the collector community, are looking for these days. Don’t get me wrong, you’ve hit some serious home runs this year. Many of the 6″ Black Series figures are some of the best figures you’ve ever produced (Episode IV Obi-Wan, K-2SO, etc.). However, given the news that is leaking prior to Toy Fair, it appears you guys are about to drop the ball, big time, in regards to the 40th anniversary, and I’d like to plead my case for what I think you should do.

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Star Wars Episode VIII finally has an official title! Hear what the Collectors Galaxy Crew thinks about “The Last Jedi” on this week’s show, and also their thoughts on what Hasbro might do for the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars! Will there be a new 12 Pack? Will they bring back Vintage Collection packaging? The guys are cautiously optimistic. In Toy Hunters, Mike finally has a real shot at a Rocket Firing Boba Fett, Justin buys a MISB Battle Wagon, and Trent gets his helmet from the Nissan Rogue One promotion. Also on this week’s show, joining Justin in the Collectors Corner is Jimmy Mac from Rebel Force Radio. Jimmy talks about his lifelong love of Star Wars, how his collection has grown over the years, and we get him on record about his thoughts on Rogue One, and who he believes Supreme Leader Snoke might be. Tune in to hear the full interview!

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These days on the IC we’re seeing an influx of new collectors, and when those new collectors come into the hobby, one of the questions they ask most is why some people choose to collect multiples of the same figure. The practice of collecting multiples of the same character is also known as a focus. For example, one might be a Boba Fett focus collector, or a Princess Leia focus collector. In any case, that usually means getting your hands on (at least) one of each of the figures that are made of that particular character, and in some cases building monumental displays dedicated to one specific version of that character. I, for instance, have an abundance of Bespin and Farmboy Luke Skywalker. The question is… Why? In this article I will discuss why I choose to focus on certain characters, and hopefully shed some light on the mindset of those of us who create these little plastic armies.

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The folks at Lucasfilm/Disney have just announced the official title for the next installment of the Star Wars saga. The title will be Star Wars: The Last Jedi. While the title doesn’t give anything away necessarily, it does raise quite a few questions. What do they mean by the “Last Jedi”? Does this mean that Rey is the last Jedi remaining after Luke? Does Luke die, leaving only Rey as the sole surviving Jedi? How are we supposed to wait this long? Personally, I’m feeling several emotions after this title reveal. As best I can, I will try to distill those emotions, and their reasoning in this article.

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This week on the Collectors Galaxy the guys talk about the new AT-ST Black Series vehicle, new 3.75″ figures coming from Hasbro, Grand Admiral Thrawn variants, and the AT-ACT price drop that forced Justin to add it to his collection. Also on this week’s show: George Lucas finds a place for his museum, Lucasfilm addresses the future of Princess Leia in Star Wars, and Woody Harrelson is officially part of the Han Solo spinoff movie. In the Collector’s Corner segment, the CG crew is joined by Skye and Stephen from the Chive Cast and talking to them about focus collecting, the community aspect of Star Wars, and a whole lot more!

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This is our “Greatest Hits” episode chronicling some of our most awesome moments, in-depth discussions, and amazing interviews from the first full year of the Collectors Galaxy Podcast. In this episode you’ll hear clips from our interviews with Steve Glosson, Tom Berges, Jake Stevens, Steve Sansweet, and a very special appearance by “Old Man Wildey” himself! Also on this episode, a never released comedy bit that Justin cooked up last year, but never released. Don’t worry, he’s not quitting his day job anytime soon! All this and more on this greatest hits edition of the show!

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