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San Diego Comic Con 2009: Event Recap, Impressions, Experiences, Perspectives

July 31, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

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As with last year’s event, I thought I’d share my own personal impressions and experiences about Comic-Con International 2009 in San Diego, to close out my series of articles and features on the event (see San Diego Comic Con 2009).  Read more

San Diego Comic Con 2009: Short Video Interview with Mark Hamill (Return of the Jedi Lightsaber, “Lost” Tatooine Cave Scene)

July 27, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

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While attending San Diego Comic Con, I had an opportunity to meet and chat with Mark Hamill, who portrayed Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy.  Based on an article written last week (see Revisting the Elstree Props “Return of the Jedi” Star Wars Lightsabers: The $50,000 Question (Original or Replica?)), and a series of articles published in 2007 (see Market Watch | Elstree Props | Return of the Jedi), I thought it would be a good opportunity to ask Mr. Hamill a few questions about the original lightsaber props he used in Return of the Jedi, as well as address the long-running controversy as to whether he filmed a scene in which he portrayed his character building his new lightsaber. Read more

San Diego Comic Con 2009: Video Interview with Joe Maddalena, Profiles in History (ABC’s “LOST” Auction)

July 27, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

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I spent some time at the Profiles in History exhibit at San Diego Comic Con, and was especially interested to learn more details about the recently announced LOST auction, an event planned to coincide with the conclusion of the popular series in May 2010.   The following video interview with Joe Maddalena, President of Profiles in History, offers some great information about the LOST auction, the overall auction schedule of the company over the next year, and other items of interest to hobbyists. Read more

San Diego Comic Con 2009: Video Interview with Alec Peters, PropWorx

July 27, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

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I had an opportunity to meet and chat with Alec Peters, CEO of PropWorx, while attending San Diego Comic Con.  The video interview includes a recap of the Battlestar Galactica auction (past and future), a “state of the hobby” review, talk about competition among other dealers/resellers and auction houses, a discussion of issues in the hobby, and news about the future of PropWorx. Read more

San Diego Comic Con 2009: Original Movie Props on Display by Profiles in History (ABC’s LOST Auction Photos)

July 26, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

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As part of the continuing coverage of original props and costumes at San Diego Comic Con, below are photos of costumes and props on display at the Profiles in History exhibitor space. Read more

San Diego Comic Con 2009: Video Interview with The Prop Store of London (Stephen Lane, Brandon Alinger, Tim Lawes, Dan Hill)

July 26, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

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I had an opportunity to meet and chat with Stephen Lane, Tim Lawes, Brandon Alinger, and Dan Hill of The Prop Store of London while at San Diego Comic Con.  The video interview includes an introduction of the group, a review of the original props and costumes on display at the show, and a discussion of their experience at the convention this year. Read more

San Diego Comic Con 2009: Original Movie Props on Display by The Prop Store of London

July 25, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

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As part of the continuing coverage of original props and costumes at San Diego Comic Con, below are photos of costumes and props on display at the Prop Store of London exhibitor space.  Read more

San Diego Comic Con 2009: Original Movie Props on Display by Disney’s D23

July 25, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

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As part of the continuing coverage of original props and costumes on display at San Diego Comic Con, below are photos of costumes and props made available to collectors by Disney’s D23.  Included are pieces from the popular Tron, The Black Hole, and The Rocketeer.  Read more

San Diego Comic Con 2009: Original Movie Props on Display in Exhibit Hall

July 25, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

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In addition to pieces showcased by Profiles in History and The Prop Store of London, there are a number of original movie props on display at San Diego Comic Con this year.  Below is a compilation of many of the displays and exhibits I found on the show floor.  Additional articles covering Profiles in History, The Prop Store of London, and Disney will be published soon. Read more

Revisting the Elstree Props “Return of the Jedi” Star Wars Lightsabers: The $50,000 Question (Original or Replica?)

July 24, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

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This is an update to a series of articles about two prop lightsabers marketed by Paul Harrison, at the time owner of Elstree Props, which were described as original pieces made for the film, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.  No such lightsabers appear in the finished film.  Though it has been some time since the last update, published in late 2007, I have obtained new information.  Included in this feature are photos of one of the props that I’ve been told were taken in late 2005, of a newly made custom replica lightsaber, prior to delivery to Paul Harrison.  The prop in these photos clearly matches one of the two Elstree Props lightsabers.  Was a newly made replica prop listed for sale to the public for $50,000.00? Read more

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