With Celebration Europe 2016 rapidly approaching, all twelve of the collecting track panels have now been announced.
Collecting Star Wars is a favorite hobby for some, and an obsession for others. The Collecting Track at Star Wars Celebration Europe will feature in-depth information on a variety of topics from mainstream to delightfully obscure.
Collecting Track MedallionsSuper-collector Gus Lopez and his team have put together a great program, and as a bonus for collectors a special, Celebration-only giveaway medallion will be handed out to audience members – a different medallion for each panel! Here are the images of all twelve of these fantastic giveaways!
Here are all twelve collecting panels you can enjoy at Star Wars Celebration Europe. Look for the final schedule for the Star Wars Fan and Collectors’ Stage coming soon, right here on www.starwarscelebration.com, and on the mobile app!
The Effect And Influence Of The Palitoy Company On Star Wars Toys
By the time Star Wars was released in the U.K., the Palitoy Company was already the number one powerhouse in the boys toys retail marketplace. Whilst the divisions within The Palitoy Company were granted the opportunity to distribute the Kenner products (Palitoy, Denys Fisher & Chad Valley), it wasn't as easy as simply repackaging the toys. Many changes and compromises were required in the U.K. market, which led to unique variations and, in some cases, completely new product. This presentation takes a look back at those challenges, the highs and lows, the successes and failures that all contribute to one of the most coveted areas of international Star Wars vintage collecting. Presented by Dave Tree.
Star Wars Original Props and Costumes
Explore the wonderful world of collecting original props used in the making of the Star Wars movies. Hear hints and tips on all aspects of collecting the greatest collectible of all, an actual piece of the movies we hold so dear. Also, take a look at some amazing pieces in private collections around the world and hear some of the stories behind the acquisition of these iconic pieces of celluloid history. Presented by Brandon Alinger, Andy Goulding, Stephen Lane, Dave Abberley and Gus Lopez.
One-of-a-Kind Star Wars Collectibles
The term "rare" can mean many things in the collecting realm. It's used to describe mass-produced toys that are just hitting retailers, chase-variant bobbles in trading card sets, and pre-production prototypes that can number in the dozens. While "rare" can mean whatever a seller wishes it to mean, there's a different term which is unmistakable: One-of-a-kind. Join us as we showcase a selection of collectibles so rare that each is the only example known to exist! Presented by Bill Cable, Andrew Davies and Dave Tree.
Star Wars LEGO
LEGO Star Wars was first introduced in 1999 and has grown, brick by brick to become the largest Star Wars licensee. LEGO Star Wars sets offer something for every age group. From beginning as regular LEGO sets 15 years ago, LEGO Star Wars has grown to encompass video games, apparel, alarm clocks, watches, keyrings, books, theme park attractions and more! There are even numerous popular TV specials that expand the Star Wars story further. Take a look back on the first 17 years of LEGO Star Wars, the increasing number of copies, and get a brief glimpse into what the future of LEGO Star Wars holds. Presented by James Burns and Duncan Jenkins.
Vintage Star Wars Coins
Ever wonder how to make an ounce of aluminum worth is weight in gold? Put a Star Wars logo on it! Join Gus, Mark, and James as they review the basics of Star Wars coin collecting, discuss recent market trends and shed light on the inner workings of how the Star Wars Power of the Force coins were developed and produced. This presentation will take a close look at the two mints involved in producing the coins, dispel some myths and misinformation, and share never-before-seen images of Star Wars coin rarities. Presented by Mark Salotti, James Gallo and Gus Lopez.
Food premiums from France - 3 Decades of Eating with Star Wars
France always had some very nice and unusual food premiums. Review premium offers from the original era, like the infamous Palmito cards or Motta stickers, the Prelogy with the Gaulois magnets, and cereals, and follow the evolution all the way to food premiums for The Force Awakens, including products for the first time on the French market like Volvic bottled water. An entire saga of collectibles! Presented by Stephane Faucourt.
Star Wars Pickers
You’ve seen the photos! You’ve read the tales! Now Star Wars Pickers brings you the stories, tips and tricks straight from the collectors behind some of the biggest finds in the history of the hobby! Collectors Chris Fawcett and Shane Turgeon will share pictures of some of their greatest finds and collecting adventures. In this panel, these expert collectors will pass their secrets on to you, giving you the tools to maybe one day make your own epic find of vintage Star Wars collectibles! Presented by Chris Fawcett and Shane Turgeon.
That's No Moon, That’s a Pencil Sharpener
This is an in-depth look at vintage Star Wars stationary from UK licensees from 1978-1985. The presentation will focus on Helix, Letraset and H.C Ford stationary, including the lack of a major licensee for The Empire Strikes Back. The audience will enjoy rare photographs from personal collections and from Lucasfilm historical materials. We will also discuss the companies, history, and artwork used, the rarity of items, and the current market values and finds. Presented by Grant Criddle, Craig Spivey and Mark Daniels.
Pursuing a Collection At Any Age
This panel will focus on how younger fans can get into collecting: displaying and expanding their collections, and keeping them well protected. With the release of The Force Awakens and Star Wars: Rebels, many new fans of all ages are joining not only the fandom, but also the collecting scene. Learn about how a 25-year-old man began collecting at the age of five and still has a passion for what he started. Presented by Eric Pfeifer.
Nordic collectors have purchased the highest number of action figures per capita in the world, statistics tell us. Henrik Wulff Rasmussen (Denmark) and Mattias Rendahl (Sweden) will guide you through all kinds of Nordic (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland) collectibles. From treasures from the actual Hoth shooting locations to the Millennium Falcon hidden in the Nordic Sea, the focus will be on the vintage era including Playmix, the Nordic counterpart to Palitoy, which sold action figures like no other manufacturer. Beware the Vikings! Presented by Mattias Rendahl and Henrik Wulff Rasmussen.
Economics of Collecting Star Wars
A round table of collectors will discuss the economy of collecting Star Wars, talking about rare collectibles and price variations from the past five years to date, and how the various channels where we can buy collectibles have evolved: eBay; collector forums; and finally the phenomenon of Facebook. Presented by Luis Galvez, James Gallo and Chris Georgoulias.
Navigating a Bull Market for the Vintage Star Wars Collector
The general consensus is that the vintage Star Wars market is currently booming! Using an enriched dataset of over 70,000 real-world sales from recent years, we examine this claim, and highlight interesting trends and anomalies in the vintage collecting market. Have prices gone up? Did the release of The Force Awakens influence the market? Is Yak Face really a rare figure? For these answers and more enjoy a guided tour of the vintage market over the past several years: where we came from; where we are now; and what the future might hold! Presented by Jared Cope.