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EPISODE 57: Don't slip on the canadian shIEld

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We’re back from our summer break to take a look at news that you already heard nearly a month ago!  But we do it as a only the Sandcrawler can! The Clone Wars is returning to finish what it started but the big question now is how will it end? Hasbro announced a bunch of new releases at SDCC but is it what we’re really looking for? 

Episode IX actor, Richard E. Grant’s short video announcing his casting.

Dan receives an amazing care package from SDCC and Mac talks about his visit to The Power of Costume exhibit at the DIA.  Follow the link for photos and videos. Mac also got the Vintage Collection Rogue One Hover Tank and has a video of this awesome toy!

Mac’s vacation was all about Star Wars as he brings his action figures on a camping trip and he has begun BIG plans for his  Star Wars room.

In our Play Outside feature on our website Brandon Taylor shares some photos of Scarif troopers on the beach and Jordan Maison shares photos of his Darth Maul Collection

Do you have an awesome Star Wars room or collection? Do you take your Star Wars figures outside and take photos of them? Email photos to sandcrawlerpodcast@gmail.com to be featured on our website! 

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It’s summertime baby!  We are back to help you shake them summertime blues!!  Last show we talked about Shadows of the Empire and this week we continue the discussion with your tweets, emails and comments.  

Concept art for Prince Xizor’s “Virago” ship courtesy of The Star Wars Collectors Archive by Gus Lopez.

Shadows N64 “special ending” where Dash survives. Thanks to Rez for the link!

We’ve gotten some announcements on new Star Wars figures hitting throughout the rest of the year but we’re going to wait until after San Diego Comic Con to see what else might be coming.  In the meantime we discuss the announcement of The Vintage Collection TIE Fighter - link courtesy of Yakface.com.  Steve Evans of Hasbro answers collector’s questions and we give that a listen. You can see the video here.

Dan has lived up to his promise to relive his childhood by purchasing nearly anything with a Power of the Force logo and we cover that and some of Mac’s recent finds in I Wanted Everything.

As a bonus, we’ve included Mac’s part of I Wanted Everything as a video on our YouTube channel as he showcases the awesome bonus content found in “Star Wars Stormtroopers Beyond the Armor.”

Our PLAY OUTSIDE feature on our website has been super popular! Thanks to everyone that has sent us photos and if you would like to send us photos of your action figures in the outdoors you can send them to sandcrawlerpodcast@gmail.com 

Check out the vintage Fantastic Films article on the NPR dramas here.

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 Some of Dan's recent Power of the Force pick-ups. 

Some of Dan's recent Power of the Force pick-ups. 

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 Thanks to Ryan Holman for the awesome vintage comic book!!  

Thanks to Ryan Holman for the awesome vintage comic book!!  

 The amazing bonus content found in the "Stormtroopers" book mentioned in this week's bonus video.

The amazing bonus content found in the "Stormtroopers" book mentioned in this week's bonus video.

 

EPISODE 55:  "SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE" WITH JAKE STEVENS

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Dash Rendar fans rejoice!

Dan’s nemesis, Jake Stevens (Toy Run, Galaxy of Toys,From 4LOM to Zuckuss)joins us to talk about Star Wars in the mid-90’s, namely, Shadows of the Empire!! We take a look at the unique toys that were a part of the biggest movie campaign to not have a movie.  Shadows seems to get forgotten in the new era of Star Wars and that’s a shame because it’s a fun story with some fun merch!  We also discuss our preliminary plans for Star Wars Celebration Chicago, what it’s like to pare down a giant Star Wars collection and what we plan on doing during the gap between Star Wars movies.

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EPISODE 54:  WE'RE WITH THE BAND

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It’s been an…interesting couple of weeks in Star Wars fandom and we are here to provide a refuge, a safe place and some Action Figure Therapy!

Mac recaps his Father’s Day weekend which included some fun gifts from the kids and a backstage tour of Canadian icon Shania Twain’s concert in Detroit.  Fellow Star Wars collector and friend of the show, guitar god Cory Churko showed Mac and family what goes on behind a big concert and helped us to prove how much good is still in Star Wars fandom! Cory appeared on Episode 30 of The Sandcrawler to share his love of Star Wars.

San Diego Comic Con exclusives have been revealed and it’s a good bunch of Star Wars collectibles-we take a look.  Funko also announced a new line of POP toys based on The Clone Wars and we’re hoping for a Spider Maul in POP form!

Dan picked up a Power of the Force gem and shares a great story from his youth.

We share an email from a new listener who has an amazing collection and talk about another listener’s road trip featuring Funko toys! 

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David Fronsee’s Road Trip

 

 

 

EPISODE 53:  COLLECTOR'S SPOTLIGHT WITH

STAR WARS AUTHOR ADAM BRAY!

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Last episode we talked about Solo: A Star Wars Story, complete with any and all spoilers.  This week we continue to discuss the film so be warned!! If you haven’t seen Solo: A Star Wars Story yet, don’t listen to this episode until you do!

We discuss some of the controversy surrounding the latest Star Wars movie but stay on the light side and feature comments from some of our listeners.  Thanks to everyone that sent in emails and for the first time on The Sandcrawler, VOICE MAIL!  It was really great to hear what you’ve had to say about Solo, so feel free to send your remarks our way!

We discuss upcoming action figure releases for Solo and what we’re hoping to see down the road. We also briefly talk about our early plans for Star Wars Celebration in Chicago next year.

We are very happy to welcome Star Wars author Adam Bray to our Collector’s Spotlight this week, it’s been a long time since we last featured a collector and we have a pretty great discussion about collecting and we even side tracked into the early days of Star Wars fandom on the internet.   

If you’re new to The Sandcrawler, we’d like to say “WELCOME. THANKS FOR GIVING US A LISTEN!”  If you’d like to know more about the show, head over to TheSandcrawler.net and click on the “about” link.

Check out our latest entry in our Collector's Spotlight, Jamie Guida!

We opened a new page on the site called, Play Outside where we will feature some of our outdoor Star Wars figure photography.  Our hope is to make this as popular a page as our Collector’s Spotlight page so feel free to send along some photos of your toys in the wild.

EPISODE 52-SOLO A Star Wars STORY REACTION SHOW

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Dan and Mac both saw Solo: A Star Wars Story on opening night and raced home in under 12 parsecs to record their initial thoughts on the latest entry into Star Wars movies!

Short take? We loved it!  

Join us for a fun discussion as we geek out about that big reveal, Beckett and his crew, and of course the first meeting of the scoundrel and the Wookiee!

Big, big thanks to Kendall Schroeder for his awesome Duran Duran/Rio Durante album mashup! It’s a fun, fun image that even caught the attention of Solo director, Ron Howard!

Get your own Rio/Durante Durante t-shirt here!

EPISODE 51-PORG IN A BOTTLE

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May the Fourth weekend has wrapped up without any major announcements but we still have a lot of Star Wars collecting to talk about!

Solo: A Star Wars Story pre-sale tickets are up and this just might turn into our favourite Star Wars movie yet. 

We speculate about Star Wars: Resistance and discuss what it could mean for collectors.  We also sort of wrap up our thoughts on Star Wars Rebels, you know, months after it ended.

Mac has slowly begun picking up The Vintage Collection 2 figures and Dan has a new favourite Power of the Force piece.  Oh and some figures he said he wasn’t going to collect.

Speaking of Power of the Force, we move on to Wave 3 and a great memory of Dan’s Yoda figure he had as a kid.

Thanks to Rob Williams and Jamie Guida for the fun emails and big thanks to Justin Morgan for the incredibly generous gifts!

 

 

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