So you may have heard by now that Disney purchased Lucasfilms for the equivalent of approx. $4 billion. Wow! Congrats to George Lucas on that one. They also announced that Star Wars Episode VII will be released in 2015. I am kind of torn on this. It will be strange to know that someone other than Lucas is making these new Star Wars films, especially knowing how tightly Lucas controlled everything related to the brand. On the other hand, Disney has done some great things with the Marvel Comics franchises, and it will be exciting to see Disney throw their support behind Star Wars. I’m sure the success with Marvel made it a little easier for Lucas to allow Disney to take over, but what are your feelings about this?
The time is almost here. The Walking Dead season 3 is almost ready to premiere. I’m not sure what excites me the most the new season coming on every week on TV, the last season debuting on Blu Ray, or all the collectibles that are coming. This year during the premiere month there are Mcfarlane figures, minimates, plushies, Funko POP!s, and Wacky Wobblers. The Walking Dead Mcfarlane figures look pretty awesome. There are some of the more memorable Zombies from last season like the RV Zombie and Well Zombie. Of course I know what excites me the most this year and it’s what I think excites everyone the most- the debut of Michonne, the Governor, and the return of Meryl Dixon. It will be the most intense season yet. What are you most excited about this season?
We were fortunate to be able to attend Star Wars Celebration VI. This event had all kinds of cool things going on like autograph sessions, interactive fan zones, film screenings, art, and more. Unfortunately, we were only able to make it for a few hours on Saturday, but it was a lot of fun in that short time. The costumes were great! There were all kinds of Star Wars action figures and items for sale. We saw a Star Wars Death Star playset that the person was asking $1,100 for! I don’t know what a good price for that set is, but it makes me wish that I had kept some of my old toys in the box when I was younger.
Kotobukiya also had a display with many Star Wars statues. We got to see some of the new items, as well as some older ones that were released before we started carrying their products. It was nice to talk to some of the reps to find out more about their sales and manufacturing. If you aren’t familiar with Kotobukiya, they really make high-quality statues, and they are expanding on their novelties, such as the Lightsaber chopsticks. We saw some Han Solo and R2-D2 business card holders, which really seemed cool.
Overall, I think the art and the atmosphere was my favorite part of the Celebration. It was cool to be around so many people that were passionate about the same thing. We heard that George Lucas even made an appearance for a select few people. I usually don’t get real excited about celebrities, but it’s not everyday that you get to meet such an iconic person in film and pop culture. We have quite a few more pics up on our facebook page. Find us at facebook.com/jmdretailtoys, and see more of this event!
So with SDCC 2012 coming to an end, what did you find to be the most exciting? I know I caught some coverage on SpikeTV. I saw a short interview with Jim Lee that I found to be interesting. It looked like there was a lot of excitement at the event–I still wish I could have made it. Of all the news that came out, though, I think I am most interested in the New 52 ArtFX statues by Kotobukiya. Assuming that I like the pose, I tend to like statues a little more than the action figures, and the Superman and Green Lantern ArtFX were really neat. I’ve been happy with most of the Kotobukiya pieces that we’ve gotten recently, and I’m really looking forward to where they go with this new DC line. What news did you find most interesting this year, and what new figures/statues are you looking forward to?
So with San Diego Comic Con 2012 starting, it makes me realize how much I need to make it out to SDCC one of these years. I’ve been to local comic cons, traveled to national music festivals, and even got to go to the New York Toy Fair. Somehow I’ve never gotten a trip to San Diego coordinated during SDCC. I can imagine seeing all the diehard fans, costumes, comic companies, and the special guests–not to mention the exclusive action figures and statues… This is a place that I’ve got to make it to next year. SDCC ’13 look out. Do you have any good SDCC stories? We’d love to hear them!