THE SANDCRAWLER - EPISODE 69
SCRATCHING THAT FIGURE ITCH WITH ZACK RYDER
Feb 21, 2019
This week on The Sandcrawler Mac and Dan are joined by Matt Cardona aka wrestling superstar Zack Ryder from the WWE! Matt is an epic wrestling figure and toy collector and a big fan of the Power of the Force line. In our Collector’s Spotlight we find out what kind of collector he is and what the Power of the Force means to him.
And we couldn’t have such a big fan of Power of the Force without covering the next wave in our series. So along with Matt we take a look at the Power of the Force villain figures released in 1997. Have a look at his collection in our Collector’s Spotlight. Thanks to Rebelscum.com for their always excellent archival information.
If you missed Dan’s tweets about finding Dengar all over Jabba’s Palace in Return of the Jedi you can check them out here.
The Sandcrawler - Episode 68 -New York Toy Fair 2019
WITH Jake Stevens
February 17, 2019
Grab a bottle of water and don’t forget to stretch and pace yourself because this week’s show is an epic one!
Hasbro’s panel at New York Toy Fair 2019 was a big one for Star Wars collectors with news of new releases, amazing exclusives, play sets and more. In order to digest all of the news from Toy Fair we’ve brought in a ringer: One of the most knowledgable people in the Star Wars collecting community, our good friend, Jake Stevens of From4LomToZuckuss.com.
If you haven’t checked out all of the press photos from Toy Fair and want more details, head over to From4LomToZuckuss.com where Jake has all of this new information posted.
Topics covered this week:
•Triple Force Friday
•The Retro Collection
•Black Series HyperReal
•Celebration Chicago Phantom Menace Exclusives
•The Vintage Collection Jabba’s Palace Adventure Set
•The Vintage Collection Jabba’s Tatooine Skiff Vehicle
Thank you SO much to those of you that weighed in on all of this news via social media, it really helped us grasp what is behind some of these reveals. Keep the feedback coming via Twitter and Facebook or follow the link to our website for email info!
THE SANDCRAWLER - JANUARY 2019 - A QUICK UPDATE
January 22, 2019
While Mac heads to Walt Disney World for one last romp before Galaxy’s Edge makes that resort the most crowded place in the galaxy, the show is going to be on a bit of a hiatus for a couple more weeks. Never fear though, we still have a ton of ACTION FIGURE THERAPY for you to discover here on our site!
First up, we released two new videos on our YouTube channel. The first is our review of the Kessel Mines Playset from Solo: A Star Wars Story. The second video is a look back at Walt Disney World merchandise from The Force Awakensreleased back at the beginning of 2016 (hard to believe we’re in Year Four of the Disney-Star Wars era!).
Head over to our Collector’s Spotlightpage for a Power of the Force collection with some killer lighting.
While we’re talking about Power of the Force, our last episode was all about the vehiclesfrom that awesome line of Star Wars toys from the 90’s. Give it a listen and let us know what you think about these first updates to the vehicles we first saw back in the old Kenner days. And be sure to check out our Link: Our Power of the Force Appreciation Pagetoo!
Based on the weather in our New England and Ontario bureaus, winter is here! What better time to grab your AT-AT, Tauntauns and Snowspeeders and PLAY OUTSIDE!Take some photos of your toys in the snow and send them to us (see above this article for our email link).
For our long-time listeners this will be old news but it’s been one year since we attended the Hollywood premiere of Making Fun: The Story of Funko!.If you are a newer listener we thought you might like to see and hear our experience out in LA-LA-Land.
Thanks, and as a certain mouse would say, “See ya real soon!”
-Dan & Mac
The Sandcrawler #67:
POWER OF THE FORCE 2: THE (AWESOME) VEHICLES
Happy 2019! It’s our first show of the new year and we start off with a BIG announcement! We are pleased to announce that we are now a part of the Star Wars Commonwealth Podcast Network!
We catch up on some quick news and discuss our busy (at least Star Wars type of busy) Christmas breaks as Dan begins to process all of the Power of the Force figures and vehicles that he’s been picking up and Mac takes another step forward with his Star Wars room and especially his Rebel base diorama.
We get back into our ongoing retrospective of the Power of the Force line from the 1990’s and talk about all of the vehicles that were released for the line. Have a memory or story of any of these vehicles? Drop us an email or DM us on Twitter and we’ll read them on the next show. As always we’ve included a mix of 90’s era music in this episode and you can see the entire playlist on our Facebook page. Thanks to Rebelscum.com for their always thorough archives and information.
Link: Rebelscum Archive
The Sandcrawler #66: the best Star Wars figures of 2018
December 22, 2018
With Christmas 2018 being the first one since 2015 without a new Star Wars movie to go see we talk about what that’s been like for us. We’ve done 3 reaction shows to the Star Wars sequels, listen here:
In “I Wanted Everything” Mac goes through an awesome care package sent by Dan for Mac’s birthday (and Christmas)- Dan’s is in the mail, trust us. Dan has picked up a fairly rare piece of Power of the Force merchandise and we ask the question: Where are all the photos of Power of the Force in stores?????
Thankyou to everyone that sent in their “pet horror stories.”
We then take a look back at the best Star Wars figures released in 2018.
Check out our friend, Rex On Leave, and his amazing Christmas Clone Wars display. And here’s the photo of the Disney Parks Sandcrawler that our buddy Dan from New Jersey tagged us in that we talked about.
Photos of Solo: A Star Wars Story Kessel Mine Escape Walmart Exclusive playset from Chris Salton’s Facebook page
Share your Christmas morning Star Wars loot with us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag: #IWantedEverything
Let’s see your action figures in action as we extend Play Outside through the winter! And if you would like to have your Star Wars collection featured on our Collector’s Spotlight let us know! Email below.
As 2018 winds down we would like to thank everyone that has interacted with us, either by downloading our show or reaching out on social media. We appreciate you very much and wish you the best of everything in 2019!
THE SANDCRAWLER #65: CATCHING UP
December 2, 2018
Dengar Dan is back from his self-imposed exile and we catch up on all the Star Wars figure collecting news from the past month or two. From reader feedback to news of Disney Mini Droid Blind Packs it’s a show jam-packed of Action Figure Therapy!
Our “I Wanted Everything” segment is a big one this week as we both received Star Wars awesomeness from Japan, Dan talks about a co-worker’s attic that is supposedly filled with retro toys and he picks up maybe his favourite Black Series figure ever and Mac has stocked up big time with new Star Wars figures.
We have a funny story this week from listener Dan and taking his suggestion we thought we’d put it to our listeners: Has your pet done something horrible to your collection? Tag us on social media with your “Pet Horror Story” or email to email@example.com and we’ll read them.
We both have some updates on our Star Wars rooms as Mac makes some decisions on posters and Dan is basically starting over. Yup you heard that right. Always in motion is the Star Wars room.
This is the diorama builder that Mac couldn’t recall the name of: The Budget Jedi.
The Christmas season has begun and it’s a good time to go through your carded collection and maybe donate some of the toys you’ve picked up over the years. Speaking of toy drives, friend of the show and WWF Superstar, Zach Ryder is sponsoring his own toy drive: See the flyer below or CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.
Click here for photos of a pretty awesome looking Japanese tapestry.
THE SANDCRAWLER #64: when you wish upon a star wars
November 15, 2018
While Dan takes some time off, Mac welcomes Aaron Harris & Dan Zehr from the Coffee With Kenobi podcast network and website to talk about favourite Star Wars merchandise found in the Disney Parks.
But first we talk to Aaron and Dan about their Star Wars collecting in a double-sized Collector’s Spotlight. You can check out the photos that we talk about here.
The great thing about Star Wars is people’s stories behind why they love it and what they collect from it and this week’s Spotlight is a great example of that as we see two very different Star Wars collecting stories.
We then talk about our favourite merchandise that we have picked up over the years from Disney Parks and we agree that Star Wars and Disney have been connected for much longer than 2012 when Disney purchased Lucasfilm.
A big thanks to Aaron and Dan for filling in while Dengar Dan was off, be sure to check them out:
Here’s the video we mentioned on the show of “Endor Vendors”, the store found at Star Tours in Walt Disney World. Shot by Mac in 1997, it shows just how different Star Wars merchandising has changed over the years within the Disney Parks.
THE SANDCRAWLER #63:
HALLOWEEN WITH FADING EYES DESERT DWELLER
October 26, 2018
Recorded on a dark and story night in October 2018 we are back with our 3rd annual Halloween Special! If you are new to The Sandcrawler then you may not have heard our past two shows celebrating Star Wars and Halloween. In those episodes we picked some of our favourite “scary” Star Wars figures. Not scary like Darth Vader or General Grevious but scary like “Monkey Face Leia” and “Little Emo Ani.”
This week we talk about our plans for this Halloween and about how we both had a thing for scaring people in our teenage years. We then bring you both of our Scary Star Wars Figures segments from 2016 & 2017. Hey, if they can broadcast It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown for 52 years then we can have an “Archive Release.” Right? Right?
Bring us along to your Halloween party or various trick or treating events over the next week and Happy Halloween from The Large Brown Sandy Box on Wheels!
Music used in this episode:
Thrawn’s Web-from Star Wars Rebels
Alex Descends Into Hell For A Bottle of Milk-U2
Graveyard/A Night With Two Moons-Forbidden Planet Soundtrack
Padme’s Ruminations-Revenge of the Sith
Ghostbusters-Ray Parker Jr
This Is Halloween-The Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack
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The Sandcrawler #62: Princess Leia &
the Attack of the Parkour Droid
October 17, 2018
Dan coined the phrase â€œAction Figure Therapyâ€ early on in the Sandcrawlerâ€™s two-year history and this week itâ€™s about your hosts getting some much need therapy vis a vis Star War action figures! Weâ€™ve both had a rough week and sitting down to talk some toys is JUST what we needed, Robot Revolution be damned!
We have some follow up on our last episode abut changing collecting habits and Mac talks about the next step in his Rebel Base display. You can see his progress in his Star Wars room at TheSandcrawler.netÂ We then dive into tons of toy news out of New York Comic Con and Disney Parks.Â
The Disney Parks Sandcrawler vehicle/playset is now available and Mac tries to say that he isnâ€™t committed to getting it but Dan knows better. Â Flyguy.net has news about the unique figure stands that will be included in a few upcoming Black Series figures and we talk about why these should just be included with EVERY Star Wars figure!Â Thanks to JediNews and From4LomtoZuckuss and Flyguy for their always awesome coverage!
If you want stands with your Star Wars figures, let Hasbro know on social media with #Standspleasehasbro !!
Star Wars Resistance has premiered and weâ€™re excited to see a fresh look for Star Wars animation and Jon Favreauâ€™s recent Instagram posts about the upcoming series, The Mandolorian has us excited for the future of Star Wars.
In I Wanted Everything we both picked up the same figure, but from different lines and discuss the Target Exclusive Stormtrooper 6-Pack. Check out our buddy, Chris Saltonâ€™s video review!
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Episode 61: CHANGING HOW WE COLLECT v2.0
October 6, 2018
On this week’s show we celebrate two years of bringing you Action Figure Therapy! When we started The Sandcrawler we never dreamed just how much of an influence we would have on each other as collectors and this week we talk about how our collecting has changed in the past year. Listen to v1.0 HERE.
We received a ton of feedback from fellow collectors and we read emails, tweets and more. Obviously there are a lot of people that feel the same as we do in this new era of Star Wars: focus, focus, focus!
Check out photos of Mac’s big renovation HERE.
EPISODE 60: It’s been a hot second
We catch up after not recording for a month and start with a birthday congratulations for Dan and then we share our thoughts on Solo: A Star Wars Story as it’s released digitally. We both agree the movie is fantastic but it’s going to take multiple viewings to pay attention to what’s going on instead of looking around for Easter eggs.
It’s September and normally that would mean Force Friday at various Star Wars action figure outlets but with no film coming out this Christmas we ore Force Friday-less. So we reflect a bit on past days and Dan’s fun times with Stephen Stanton. Head over to Stephen’s websiteand get an autographed photo of one of the many Star Wars characters he’s voiced over the years. Proceeds from your purchase go to charity too, so it’s a great cause!
We catch up on some email, iTunes reviews (THANKYOU!) and give a shoutout to a couple of new listeners who are binge-listening to The Sandcrawler! Guys, thank you and….we’re sorry.
After our last episode where we covered waves 4 and 5 of Power of the Force, we received a ton of feedback on Twitter and it needs to be said: The Sandcrawler mission to bring respect to the Power of the Force line is becoming a huge success! (Pause as we pat ourselves on the back).
We catch up on some new release news including news from Fan Expo Toronto and some awesome Star Wars POPs coming for Christmas.
In “I Wanted Everything” we reveal a whole pile of Star Wars goodness and….some non-Star Wars goodness and the collecting lines are blurred when Mac talks about what he got.
On our next show we’ll be celebrating our 2nd anniversary so we want to ask YOU a question we’ve asked on our 1st anniversary: Have your collecting habits changed in the past year? Has the way you acquire Star Wars collectibles changed in the past year? Do you display them differently? Tell us in an email, include a before and after photo if you can or record a voice mail attached to an email and we’ll discuss it on our Anniversary Special.
Oh, and Happy Batman Day.
EPISODE 59: SKIPPY THE DROID
As promised on our last show we have another dose of Action Figure Therapy for you on this Labour Day Weekend! This week we continue our look at the Star Wars Power of the Force line with waves 4 and 5. These two waves gave us a lot of cool figures and include the favourite figures from this line for both Dan and Mac.
Head over to our Facebook page for a track listing of retro 90’s music used in this week’s show!
What do you think about this batch of Power of the Force figures? Let us know!
Be sure to head over to our Power of the Force Appreciation Pageand if you have a collection of these toys, be sure to send us some photos to be included in our photo gallery. With the Sandcrawler YOU have the POWER OF THE FORCE!
Thanks to Rebelscum.comfor their always excellent archival information!
episode 58: DON'T OVERSTRETCH HIS NECK
On our last show, we started talking about certain Star Wars Black Series 6-inch figures that were conspicuously missing from Hasbro’s lineup. We’ve taken that a step further this week as we come up with a wish list of deluxe Black Series Star Wars figures we would like to see based on each movie. What did you think of our choices? Let us know via email!
Ok, so after we recorded our Black Series Wish List we went straight into covering Waves 4 and 5 from Power of the Force. But we thought we would save that half of the show for next week so we can bring you some action figure therapy 2 weeks in a row!
So, thanks for listening this week, find us on Twitter @Sandcrawlercast and email your thoughts on what you would like to see for upcoming deluxe Black Series figures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to head over to our Power of the Force Appreciation Page and if you have a collection of these toys, be sure to send us some photos to be included in our photo gallery. With the Sandcrawler YOU have the POWER OF THE FORCE!
See you next week!
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EPISODE 57: Don't slip on the canadian shIEld
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 email@example.com to be featured on our website!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the vintage Fantastic Films article on the NPR dramas here.
EPISODE 55: "SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE" WITH JAKE STEVENS
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.
EPISODE 54: WE'RE WITH THE BAND
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!
EPISODE 53: COLLECTOR'S SPOTLIGHT WITH
STAR WARS AUTHOR ADAM BRAY!
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.
—Bonus content included with with Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor
EPISODE 52-SOLO A Star Wars STORY REACTION SHOW
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!
EPISODE 51-PORG IN A BOTTLE
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!