Star Wars Clone Wars Figures and…Darth Vader Does Yoga?

New figures are on their way from Star Wars: CLONE WARS, pre-orderable now and shipping later this month! If you’re a fan of the film, the show, the comics or just the awesome new style they brought to the Star Wars Universe, then you’ll want to get your hands on these 3.75-inch figures. Here’s the run-down of the figures you can snag both as a complete set or individually:

– Rex CW1
– Obi Wan Kenobi CW2
– Commander Cody CW3
– Destroyer Droid CW4
– Yoda CW5
– Count Dooku CW6
– Anakin Space Suit CW7
– Pre-Visla Mando CW8
– Mando Guard CW9
– Grievous with Cape CW10
– Aurra Sing CW11

And if the animated universe isn’t quite far-out enough for you, then maybe you’d prefer to see something far stranger in the form of this Toronto Sun article detailing Sith Lord Darth Vader’s weekend plans…


Darth Vader may have done battle in a galaxy far, far away, but in Toronto, he’s going to be doing yoga.

The Dark Lord of the Sith and his storm troopers will be descending upon Trinity Bellwoods Park Wednesday morning to embark on a 20-minute exercise regime.

The effort at the park on Dundas St. W., just east of Ossington Ave., is designed to promote this weekend’s Fan Expo at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

“It might be interesting for people to come out and get some shots of Darth Vader and the storm troopers doing park things and creating a little buzz for Fan Expo,” said Roy Mitchell, 36, the head of the Toronto Garrison of the 501st Legion — a group of Star Wars aficionados.

The display starts at 11 a.m. with Vader, storm troopers, bike gunners, snow troopers and clone troopers doing yoga, playing tennis and having a picnic.

The 501st Legion, which boasts roughly 80 members in its Toronto chapter, always make an appearance at the Fan Expo convention.

“We’ll have the main group do each thing and it’s a photo opportunity,” said Mitchell, who will be playing Darth Vader.

“We can’t do things like Downward Dog or anything, yoga will probably be limited to standing poses. We’ll then set up a tennis match and maybe Vader will be standing on the line and be the judge. It’ll be fun and that’s the idea.”

Mitchell added it’ll be interesting to watch the storm troopers attempt to hit the tennis ball with a racket, especially when they can barely see out of the helmets.

“They may get lucky and may make it back to serve, I have no idea,” he said.

Among some of the now-un-caped crusaders appearing at this week’s expo are Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar, the original Batman, Robin and Catwoman.

For more information about FanExpo, go to: FanExpoCanada.com

SEE YOU THERE!

Back from the Toronto Comicon….

CN Tower in TorontoAnother convention in the books…and we are freakin’ exhausted.  It was a disaster from the day we got into Toronto.   We got to the Toronto Metro Convention Center at 7:30 am and didn’t  get inside until 10:15 am.  Nothing was going right.   The show opened to the public at 11:00 am and we finally finished setting up at 2:30 pm in the afternoon.  We had no sales until then.  We forgot our product scanner back home and could not hook up our POS (point of sale) system.  At the end of the show, we were the last ones out.  We finally got back home at 2:30 am in the morning.  Didn’t know that taking a Red Bull would keep me up all night long!

On the plus side, we met several regular customers at our booth and schmoozed with some costumed chicks and dudes.  It was not a good show…but we tried our best to have fun.

We don’t plan to return to this show.  However, we do plan to be at the FanExpo 2010 in August.  Our man….Stan Lee will be there signing.   We hope to see you there!

Stan Lee

Fan Expo 2009: Our Exclusive and THE PICS!

First Appearance Marvel Select Sabretooth

We’ve still got some of our exclusive First-Appearance Sabretooth figures left. From the Marvel Select collection, these figures stand about 7 or 8 inches tall and feature amazing sculpting and a great paint job reflecting Sabretooth’s original look from his first appearance in a 1977 issue of Iron Fist (as “Sabre-Tooth”).

We brought him to Fan Expo, but if you weren’t able to make it, you can order him here or by clicking his pic above. This one’s a great find for collectors and you can only get it from us!

First Appearance Sabretooth Marvel Select Action FigureFan Expo 2009 Sabretooth Exclusive Booth

Meanwhile, we’ve juuuuuust uploaded our FanExpo pics, so here’s a look at how we spent our weekend!

Fan Expo Reports are in!

Well, we’re back! Our trip to Fan Expo was, thankfully, a big success and we also had a blast seeing all the fans, creators and celebrities doing their thing on such a huge scale. Even though there were some isues with crowd control and bottle-necked line-ups, we all had a blast and we’ll be sure to throw some photos up here, too.

For now, here’s a Top 10 list from AOL entertainment that pretty much sums up the awesome weekend we were lucky enough to have!


Canadian sci-fi, horror, comic, and gaming fans of all stripes donned their geekwear again this weekend for the annual Fan Expo convention. Held every year, it’s the closest thing us Canucks can get to the US’ Comic Con. (In many cases, visiting celebs voiced their preference for Canada, though. So there.)

There was no dearth of costumes this year, and I counted at least 20 Storm Troopers. Honestly, just hire those guys (and gals) to be your security next year. I think the 5-year-old boy dressed as Batman would have provided better security than the staff at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, who inexplicably held back crowds of people on Front Street, citing capacity concerns. I mean, they were kidding, right? The place is the size of a zillion airplane hangars. Luckily nerds are generally adept at the art of argument, and before you could say ‘Yoda’ they were in.

But I digress – I’m making it seem like a bad time, which it wasn’t. While it was lacking some of the star power of last year, there were still some killer guests. Here are the Top 10 things that rocked at Fan Expo 2009.

1. Leonard Nimoy’s voice. Hearing ‘Star Trek’s Spock speak is like soothing salve for nerds everywhere. Even at the age of 78, Nimoy is as quick as ever – anecdotes and funny jokes free-flowed out of his mouth. As an aside, did you know he directed ‘Three Men and a Baby’?

2. Linda freakin’ Hamilton. Seriously, you thought she rocked in ‘Terminator 2’? She’s even better now, and she’s aged like a fine wine, both physically and in terms of personality. Hearing her unabashedly diss ex-husband James Cameron was itself worth the price of admission. Also, it was refreshing to see a room filled with more women than men.

3. The costumes. No matter how many times you attend Fan Expo, the costumes never get old. There’s nothing cuter than toddler Storm Troopers, especially ones that dress in tandem with their accompanying parent. Also, consider this a shout-out to some of the crazy detailed costumes I saw, mostly of characters I’m not familiar with. [Photos to come…] My favourite? A human-sized original Nintendo controller.

4. The ‘Tron: Legacy’ booth. When film companies take successful 80s movies and remake them, I get nervous and immediately wary. But I have to say the new ‘Tron’ film looks incredible – it takes the effects the 80s version WANTED to have, and does them to perfection. A definite must-see next year.

5. Lounge ‘rooms’. In the midst of the chaos that is the shopping booths, there were little resting stations set up with body-sized pillows and comfy chairs. In a stroke of organizational genius, the Fan Expo folks provided a place to rest your feet. A definite necessity after painstakingly sifting through back issues of comics (and waiting in line for hours).

6. The t-shirt tower. Much like the Dark Tower of Mordor, in the centre of all the booths, rises this structure. It stands at least 20 feet high, and is covered with T-shirts displaying anything even remotely nerd-related, from ‘King of the Hill’ to ‘Battlestar Galactica’ to ‘South Park’. Even if you’re not interested in purchasing anything, it serves as a great meeting location if you get separated from your group.

7. Mary McDonnell’s presence. I totally flaked and missed her Q&A, which I am still kicking myself for. But I did see her briefly as she was signing autographs. There’s something mythical about that woman, as if she carries an aura around her. I’m still suffering ‘BSG’ withdrawal, in case you can’t tell.

8. Bruce Campbell’s rabid fans. I thought ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Wars’ fans took the cake, but it seems that movies like ‘Army of Darkness’ and ‘Evil Dead’ can still be a draw – and a big one at that!

9. The comics and anime selection. I won’t profess to be an expert on either topic – in fact, I’m far from it – but I was amazed at the sheer selection and volume of these. You could easily immerse yourself in the books and not be done reading them all by the end of the year. I suddenly felt very small and out of the loop.

10. Nerd love. Using the term in the kindest way possible (since I too am one), there’s just something about a bunch of strangers bonding over their love for a specific show/star/genre. It’s always nice to know that you’re not alone in your obsession with an obscure character from a 1970s B-horror movie.


CMDStore at Fan Expo!

CMDStore will have a booth at this year’s Fan Expo in Toronto, so if you’re planning on attending, make sure to look out for us!

We’ll be at Booth 827 with a ton of figures and collectibles, so be sure to check us out.

And if you’re around, we’ll be bringing an EXCLUSIVE to the convention: the First Appearance Sabretooth!

Fan Expo: Who’s Gonna Be There?

From the OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE for Fan Expo…

Expect to see a surge of Vulcans, Storm Troopers, Zombies, Dragonballers and other strange and wonderful characters across the city as Toronto hosts the largest combined gaming, horror, comic, science fiction and anime event in the country. The 15th annual Fan Expo Canada takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building on August 28-30, 2009.

Owned and operated by Hobby Star Marketing, Fan Expo Canada offers fans of every genre the chance to meet their favourite celebrities and pop culture heroes at autograph and photo sessions; participate in informational workshops with industry experts offering advice, tips and portfolio reviews; and shop for exclusive Fan Expo offers, collectables and memorabilia from more than 600 vendors.

“By offering unique experiences and opportunities to interact with icons, industry leaders, and other enthusiastic fans, Fan Expo delivers a signature event in Canada that satisfies fans’ cravings like no other,” says Aman Gupta, President of Hobby Star Marketing. “For the past 15 years Fan Expo Canada has been the only event to bring this level of fandom to Toronto and Fan Expo Canada 2009 will bring even more to visitors than ever before with incredible limited edition offers, the widest range of industry merchandise available, and appearances by genre demi-gods.”

Hobby Star Marketing Inc. was founded in 1992 and has quickly become one of Canada’s premiere sports and entertainment marketing companies. Since its inception, Hobby Star Marketing has secured a niche in the industry by specializing in professional sport and entertainment celebrity placement at a variety of venues and events.

SPECIAL CELEBRITY GUESTS:
SFX Science Fiction Expo, in association with SPACE – the official National Cable Broadcast Sponsor, guest list:
* LEONARD NIMOY – The legendary Mr. Spock of Star Trek
* LINDA HAMILTON – Sarah Connor celebrating the 25th Anniversary of The Terminator
* BILLY DEE WILLIAMS – Lando Calrissian of the Star Wars feature films
* BEAU BRIDGES – Major General Hank Landry of Stargate SG-1
* THOMAS DEKKER – John Connor of Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles
* MARY MCDONNELL – President Laura Roslin of Battlestar Galactica
* JAMES KYSON LEE – Ando of Heroes
* AVERY BROOKS – Captain Benjamin Sisko of Star Trek Deep Space Nine
* WALTER KOENIG – Pavel Chekov of Star Trek
* ROBERT DUNCAN MCNEILL – Tom Paris of Star Trek Voyager
* LOU FERRIGNO – The Incredible Hulk
* DAVE THOMAS – Doug of Bob and Doug McKenzie brothers
* LARRY THOMAS – Seinfeld’s “Soup Nazi”
* TONY CURTIS – Legendary actor and Hollywood Icon

The Comic Book Expo guest list:
* JOE QUESADA – Editor In Chief Marvel Comics
* DAN DIDIO – Senior VP DC Comics
* CHRIS BACHALO – Legendary Artist
* MIKE DEODATO JR.- Artist Dark Avengers
* ETHAN VAN SCIVER – Artist of Flash Rebirth
* J MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI – Award winning writer
* STEVE MCNIVEN – Artist of Wolverine
* IVAN REIS – Artist of Green Lantern & The Blackest Night – Rare appearance!
* TERRY DODSON – Artist of Uncanny X-Men
* DAVID FINCH – Artist of Ultimatum
* OLIVIER COIPEL – Artist of Thor
* MATT FRACTION – Writer of Uncanny X-Men and Invincible Ironman
* MARKO DJURDJEVIC – Acclaimed Marvel Cover Artist & Thor
* LEN WEIN – Legendary Creator of Wolverine & Swamp Thing
* DARWYN COOKE – Artist of DC The New Frontier
* DALE EAGLESHAM – Artist of upcoming Fantastic Four
* BILL SIENKIEWICZ – Legendary Artist
* STUART IMMONNEN – Artist of New Avengers
* GEORGES JEANTY – Artist of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
* RICHARD ISANOVE – Artist of Stephen King’s Dark Tower
* MIKE CHOI – Artist of X-Force
* DOUG SNEYD – Legendary Playboy Cartoonist

The Festival of Fear Horror Expo, sponsored by Rue Morgue Magazine, guest list:
* BRUCE CAMPBELL – Legendary Film Actor
* ROGER CORMAN – Legendary Director
* UDO KEIR – Acclaimed Actor
* BARBARA STEELE – Emmy Award-Winning Actress
* TOM SAVINI – FX Master and Actor
* ROBERT HALL – Award winning make up artist
* JAMES DUVAL – Acclaimed Horror Film Actor
* MAX BROOKS – Author Of The Zombie Survival Guide
* ART HINDLE – Acclaimed actor
* KELLEY ARMSTRONG – Best Selling Horror Author
* JACK KETCHUM – Best Selling Horror Author
* LLOYD KAUFMAN – Producer – Toxic Avenger

The CNAnime Expo celebrity guest list:
* SCOTT MCNEIL – voice star of Mobile Suit Gundam, Dragonball Z
* CRISPIN FREEMAN – voice star of Naruto, Eureka Seven, Ghost In the Shell
* BRAD SWAILE – voice star of Death Note, Mobile Suit Gundam
* AARON DISMUKE – voice star of Fullmetal Alchemist, Trinity Blood
* COLLEEN CLINKENBEARD – voice star of Fullmetal Alchemist, Trinity Blood
* MONICA RIAL – voice star of Kiddy Grade, Noir, Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE
* BRINA PALENCIA – voice star of Claymore, Romeo A Juliet
* DEREK STEPHEN PRINCE – voice star of Bleach, Digimon

The GX – Gaming Expo, sponsored by Zellers & G4 Tech TV, celebrity guest list:
* STEVE DOWNES – Voice of Master Chief in the HALO video game series
* VICTOR LUCAS – Creator / Producer / Host of Electric Playground
* ED GREENWOOD – Creator / Author of Forgotten Realms
* JESS HARTLEY – Editor / Developer of White Wolf Publishing
* PIETER VAN HIEL – Role playing game Author of Sanguine Productions
* JONATHAN LAVALLEE – President of Firestorm Ink gaming publisher
* C.A. SULEIMAN – Director of Development CM Publishing
* MALCOLM SHEPPARD – Role playing game Author of White Wolf

Gaming fans will have the opportunity to take part in dozens of official tournaments, play new games, win prizes, meet with industry experts, attend seminars and view upcoming products.

Additional Highlights:
* Canada’s largest Masquerade Costume Contest on Saturday, Aug. 29
* Industry Professional workshops for the public
* Millions of dollars of collectibles and memorabilia for sale
* Celebrity Q&A’s plus autograph and photo opportunities
* More than 600 commercial exhibitors and retailers offering a full range of pop culture and entertainment themed merchandise including comic books, toys, collectibles, games, videos, and more!
* Tons of costumed characters from your favourite TV shows & movies
* Introducing a reusable shopping tote, made from 100% recycled materials and designed specifically for fans to take their goodies home

Stay tuned to http://www.fanexpocanada.com for more additions to this exciting line-up…

SHOW DETAILS:

WHEN: AUGUST 28 – 30, 2009
Friday, August 28th 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 29th 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 30th 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building
222 Bremner Blvd. Toronto, Ontario

TICKETS: Basic Adult Day Pass $25.00
Kids under 12 years old are FREE when accompanied by an adult
See website for further details