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Help me Obi-wan

The net is buzzing with the new of Disney buying Lucas film. The revisions to Star Wars have already begun. Princess Leia has been replaced.

response to Disney buying star wars

Disney buys Lucasfilm

Disney company Press Release

The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a stock and cash transaction. Lucasfilm is 100% owned by Lucasfilm Chairman and Founder, George Lucas.

LEGO Ornament (part 2)

Earlier I posted about Hallmark’s LEGO Star Wars Ornaments.  I have a brief update. I went to a another Hallmark store today.  They had the Stormtrooper ornament on display and the place where Darth Vader was suppose to be was empty. But the ornament was on the shelf!

So I looked at it. Box says dated 2011. There is a photo on the box and the shelf. It’s not the online computer generated image. The picture is of the same ornament from last year. He’s on a smaller brick than the trooper.

I asked the sale associate if it was new or last year backstock. She said he was new. Didn’t understand at first that it was out early. She checked after I left so it may not be out anymore. I was really hoping that it was last year’s backstock and that the November one would have the same size brick as the trooper. But It looks like it the same as before.

The ornaments are $14.95 each.  Stormtrooper is available now. Darth Vader is due out in November. Or maybe now if you look.

No Hallmark Store near you?

Hallmark stores are not the only place to purchase these ornaments. Previous years Kohl’s, Books a Million, and Walgreens have carried Hallmark ornaments. Walgreen only carried a few and I’m not even sure I saw them there past couple years. Books a Million did not have them out yet. Kohl’s puts their Christmas out pretty earlier but I haven’t been there this season.

Behind the scenes.

A behind the scenes look. When I went to shoot the ornaments, my Darth Vader mini-fig was not handy so I grabbed another sith. I mention that because the same day I shot this Bricks and pics posted a pic of the same version of Darth Maul from the Jedi Duel set.

Update: During the SDCC coverage there was a hint at 2013 LEGO Ornament. In the background of a photo, there was a card showing a LEGO Yoda ornament so hopefully we’ll see him next year.

Update 2: Books a Million now has their Hallmark ornaments out. They do carry the LEGO Stormtrooper.

LEGO Stormtrooper Ornament

Hallmark stores have many of their Christmas Ornaments out now. There are more Star Wars Ornaments this year, Han on a tauntaun,  a Darth Vader peek buster,  Darth Maul, and more.  They have a couple LEGO Star Wars ornaments as well a Stormtrooper and Darth Vader. I got the LEGO Stormtrooper. You may remember that LEGO Darth Vader was released last year. I asked a  a sales associate about it. She said Darth Vader is same as last year but they are re-releasing it because they couldn’t meet demand last year.  Vader is Due out in November.

The ornaments are really impressive. They are large and solid pieces. And are the quality product you would expect from a joint Hallmark, LEGO, and Lucasfilm project.  The character is attached to a standard 2×4 brick featuring the LEGO and Star Wars logos.

Here is the 2012 Stormtrooper next to 2011 Darth Vader. The bottom of the brick is dated the year each ornament was released.  The Stormtrooper is on a slightly larger brick. I don’t what date will be on the 2012 Darth Vader. Or if it will be made bigger to match the Trooper. The info from Hallmark’s site says

Imperial Stormtrooper

Guard each branch of your most villainous tree. With rifle in hand, this Stormtrooper Keepsake Ornament is ready for battle.

  • 1.75″ x 3″ x 2″

Darth Vader

Prepare your Christmas craft for the dark side of the holiday with Darth Vader. Deflect enemy ray gun bolts as you duel your way onto the naughty list this Christmas.

  • 2.25″ x 3.25″ x 1.25″

If these are right then the 2012 Darth Vader will be taller than the Trooper.  Maybe same size brick.
The Hallmark online pic looks like a render and not a product shot. Is that a 5×3 brick? I don’t think that is what the in store pic looked like. I try to visit a store and look at it again.

Dart Vader LEGO Ornament

Here’s a scale shot with Vader ornament and Vader mini-fig. The ornament are bigger than mini-figs. A collection of these will look really cool.

The ornaments are $14.95 each. Darth Vader is due out in November. Stormtrooper is available now.

2012 Star Wars Hallmark ornaments
LEGO Star Wars Ornaments

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R2-KT Challenge Coin fund-raiser last day to order Oct 7

I’m reblogging this because the fundraiser ends Sunday.

R2-KT has another Challenge Coin fund-raiser. This one is for “Princess Leah“, born in Feb 2011 Princess Leah has been diagnosed with a deadly mitochondrial disease, resembling Leigh’s disease, but a different genetic mutation.

All proceeds from this sale go to benefit “Princess Leah” AKA Leah Esguenazi (for more info see go here)

These are each 1.5 inches in diameter.
The coin is made of silver toned metal that is approximately 1/8 inch thick, with gold accents.
The pin is made of silver toned metal with soft enamel coloring and gold accents. Comes with a rubber clutch back.
Price: Coins are $10 apiece, Pins are $10 apiece (price includes shipping to anywhere, plus paypal fees)
Paypal to:
Timeline: Orders will be taken for 30 days (through October 7, 2012) and items shipping Oct 25th.
Questions? Contact

All proceeds from this sale go to benefit “Princess Leah” AKA Leah Esguenazi (for more info see go here)

Let’s help Baby Leah!!!

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Busniess Cards and LEGO card holder.

lego card holder

Last week my mailbox was full. I received my LEGO business card holder and my Moo Cards. I first saw the card holder at Model Building Secrets. It took a while to finally show up in the LEGOShop It is set 850425. With the set you can build a card holder, a plate to put your name, and two mini figs.

My Moo cards also arrived. These card are really sharp. They are colorful and are made of heavy card stock. You can get multiple images in an order. I’ll be handing these out at fairs and conventions. Like the cards, order some with your images via this link, Moo Cards and save 10%. Plus I’ll earn some credit on future orders.