Next Round: Collectibles Panels and Star Tots
World class collector Gus Lopez is returning to Celebration, and he and his crew are producing an extraordinary set of panels all about the art and intricacy of collecting Star Wars. Especially for Celebration Europe, Lopez is organizing a program with worldwide – especially European – focus.
In the exciting tradition of Lopez’s Celebration Collecting Programs, his group is once again designing collectibles exclusively for the show. Those attending the panels – and only those folks – will be given a different Celebration Europe Star Tot at some point during each panel. Below are a first look at these remarkable and original collectibles. They are still in development, so these are not final images, but they will give you solid first look at the great things in store at Celebration Europe.
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Nordic Vintage Collectibles
Take a cold journey through some unique and rare collectibles from a long time ago (1977-87) in a region far, far north. Collectors Mattias Rendahl (Sweden) and Henrik Wulff Rasmussen (Denmark) will showcase toys, movie-posters, food items, comics, cast & crew collectibles and more from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland. Beware the Vikings!
Original Movie Props and Wardrobe Collecting
Collectors David Abberley and Gus Lopez will share an insider's look at one of the most exciting and exclusive areas of Star Wars collecting: original film props and wardrobe. This in-depth discussion will feature a panel of collectors who have scoured the globe for original artifacts used in the creation of the Star Wars movies. They will field audience questions and share their decades of experience, as well as slideshows showcasing dozens of original Star Wars pieces now in private collections.
European Food Collectibles
Food promotions have been used to market the Star Wars saga to a worldwide audience from the very beginning and continue to do so now. These collectibles represent one of the largest, oldest, and most diverse categories of Star Wars collectibles with well over 10,000 different food-related packages, premiums, and store displays. Some of the most interesting food promotions have occurred in European countries. From an obscure sausage promotion in the United Kingdom for the original release of Star Wars,to recent multi-country cereal promotions for The Clone Wars and Episode I The Phantom Menace in 3D, presenters Jonathan McElwain, Duncan Jenkins, and Gus Lopez will cover the breadth of food collectibles in this fascinating presentation.
Changing Collecting Interests
Life can take us to some interesting places and present us with unexpected highs and lows. Throughout it all, for both serious and casual collectors, collecting habits will be affected. Whether it's refinement of collecting interests, responding to new products on the market, or adjusting to life changes or different spending habits, experienced collectors Shane Turgeon and Elling Haug have appropriate tips on how to stay in it for the long haul. Turgeon and Haug will share why they believe it’s important to collect through good times and bad, and give tips to help weather the storm!
Star Wars Collectibles Books Author Panel
Star Wars collectibles books have covered a wide range of material including posters, prototypes, tattoos, action figures, rarities, coins, cast and crew items, and price guides. This panel gathers together some of the leading authors of Star Wars collecting books: Steve Sansweet, Stephane Faucourt, Shane Turgeon, Mattias Rendahl, Duncan Jenkins, Gus Lopez, Mark Salotti, and James Gallo. These expert collectors will discuss their work, give a glimpse into what goes into researching and creating a Star Wars collectibles guide, and field questions from the audience.
The first of the Celebration Europe Collecting Panels announced:
German vintage Star Wars Toys: From "Super Sonderangebot" to Today's Treasures
German vintage Star Wars toys offer a fascinating rage of uncommon or unique variations of the U.S. Kenner toys. Many of today’s high-priced collectibles were special offers or in German “Sonderangebote” back in the day when stock was liquidated, or are minor variations in the eyes of outsiders. Recent new findings and a comprehensive overview of these toys will be presented by Wolfgang Schloegl and Michael Gohlke.
Collecting Star Wars Trading Cards
Collecting Trading Cards from vintage to the modern, presented by Cathy Kendrick and Andy Dukes. An overview of various trading card sets, from the well-known to the unusual. This discussion will include advice on collecting the cards, understanding card values over time, and changes in card collecting over the years.
LEGO Star Wars
James Burns and Duncan Jenkins look back at LEGO Star Wars from its introduction in 1999 through to today, a rich history of fifteen years. Jenkins and Burns will talk about the sets, minifigures, spin-offs and everything in between, plus a detailed look at the making of LEGO Star Wars sets from initial design to development to retail.
From Idea to Reality: Making Star Wars Collectibles
What does it take to make a Star Wars collectible? Get an insider's perspective on the process of creating and producing official Star Wars collectibles from experts Bill Cable, Mattias Rendahl, and Chris Georgoulias. They will cover every phase of the process: concept, design, approval, production and distribution; and the catastrophes that can occur at each step.
French Merchandising & Marketing, 1977-1986
Stephane Faucourt reviews the main categories in which Star Wars merchandise was produced in France between 1977-1986. Faucourt will cover each category with descriptions, images, and examples of advertising and marketing, including media reviews. Rare promotional and retail items will be presented as well.
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