Episode 115: Of Calendars and Colanders
November 05, 2007

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Every year there are literally thousands of calendars vying for your attention. Do you go for that one over there with the Yorkshire Terrier puppy dog with the pouty face? Or how about a Dilbert-a-day calendar. Or maybe the calendars with a more political bent are up your alley. Oh, come on, who are we kidding? You want STAR WARS Calendars and you want them now, and the folks at Trends International are there to fulfill that need with not one, not two, but FOUR Star Wars calendars. Arnie and Marjorie have bought them all and review each of them on this week's Star Wars Action News (and spoiler alert--one of the calendars has a special bonus not to be missed!)

Also this week we listen to voice mails of the lucky SOBs who are finding Wave 7. Yes, 7. While Marjorie and Arnie bemoan that their most recent finds are of Waves 5 and 6.

Finally this week Nathan P. Butler brings us up to speed on the happenings in the Star Wars EU from video games to comic books, and lets us all know the history of the Darktrooper, so you can be more knowledgeable about that figure you're searching so hard to find.

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Hasbro Q & A

1) I know that the McQuarrie figures have had more buzz about them this year than any Hasbro item in recent memory. These concept figures seem to prove that there is an appetite for Star Wars items beyond what is shown on the screen and in the Expanded Universe materials. Given this, I was wondering if there were any plans (hopes) for another new type of figure that fans have wanted for a long time, behind the scenes figures. I know I have heard fans requesting, and customizing, figures such as Anthony Daniels as C3PO, in fu ll outfit but with mask off, or Kenny Baker as R2-D2 with the dome removed, etc. It seems that not only is the demand there for such off-the-wall figures, but these behind-the-scenes figures could be some slight retoolings of current figures. C-3PO with Anthony Daniels mask could be a head swap, and the R2-D2 could be a retool of an existing figure, etc.

2) With the recently released comic 2-pack with Mara Jade and Luke Skywalker from Heir to the Empire Mara comes with a purple lightsaber; however, in the book/comic she had no lightsaber of her own, she had only Luke's green lightsaber. Is there a version of this figure with a green saber going to be made available as a running change, or is it staying with the purple?

3) Last year you came out with the largest Star Wars Transformer to date the Millennium Falcon. Then after Thanksgiving there was a special Wal-Mart package of this item with Titanium vehiecles. This year there's now an even larger Transformer, the Death Star. Are there any special pack-ins, store exclusive or not, plann d with this item any time in the near future (remainder of '07, early '08), or is the current packaging the only package that will be available?

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