The first day of collector panels gave attendees five informative and often entertaining presentations spanning many topics. All five were hosted by Gus Lopez, and he and his team were able to keep the day's event in order and kept the audience entertained. With many events under their belts, they are a finely tuned and well oiled machine and attendees couldn't have been happier!
Here's a rundown of the panels in the order they were presented:
FRENCH VINTAGE MERCHANDISING & MARKETING
by Stéphane Faucourt
Stéphane, author of Meccano To Trilogo and La French Touch : History of Star Wars French merchandising & marketing France 1977-1986, took attendees on a ride back in time to look at the history of French language Star Wars collectibles.
Star Tots premium figure giveaway: Anakin Skywalker
STAR WARS LEGO COLLECTING
by James Burns & Duncan Jenkins
James and author Duncan (Gus and Duncan's Comprehensive Guide to Star Wars Collectibles, Gus and Duncan's Guide to Star Wars Prototypes and Gus and Duncan's Guide to Star Wars Cast & Crew Items) ran through the whole history of licensed Star Wars LEGO from the first pieces to hit shelves, all the packaging variations, exclusive pieces, variations and related products.
Star Tots premium figure giveaway: Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper Disguise)
NORDIC STAR WARS COLLECTIBLES
by Mattias Rendahl & Henrik Wolff Rasmussen
Designer Mattias (Gus and Duncan's Comprehensive Guide to Star Wars Collectibles, Gus and Duncan's Guide to Star Wars Prototypes and Gus and Duncan's Guide to Star Wars Cast & Crew Items) and Henrik explore the limited products available in the Nordic regions and provide an entertaining history lesson on the sometime bizarre translations and some times questionably altered art found on many of the products.
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STAR WARS BOOK AUTHORS
by Stéphane Faucourt, Mattias Rendahl, Duncan Jenkins, Gus Lopez, James Gallo, Mark Salotti, Steve Sansweet and Shane Turgeon
Together again for the first time! Attendees of Friday's collectors panels had the opportunity to see all the leading authors in the collecting community in an interesting, informative and often funny panel about the pros and cons of writing about Star Wars collecting. A good time for all in attendance. Beyond the contributors mentioned in the above panels, the other authors are credited for bringing us the following books: Guys Lopez (Gus and Duncan's Comprehensive Guide to Star Wars Collectibles, Gus and Duncan's Guide to Star Wars Prototypes and Gus and Duncan's Guide to Star Wars Cast & Crew Items), James Gallo & Mark Salotti (Coining A Galaxy), Stephen J. Sansweet (16 books you likely own including From Concept To Screen To Collectible and I'd Just as Soon Kiss a Wookiee!) and Shane Turgeon (The Force in the Flesh)
Star Tots premium figure giveaway: Lando Calrissian (General Pilot)
CH - CH - CH - CHANGES
by Elling Haug and Shane Turgeon
Elling and Shane took attendees on an often hilarious look at how life can interfere with your collecting habits and bring a light-hearted outlook on how to roll with the punches and how to a collector can learn to adapt with their ever-evolving collection.
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