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Collecting Panels

  G.I. Joe Operation Blast Off    Ron Rudat  joined Hasboro in 1980, and the top secret relaunch code-named “Operation Blast Off” was underway. After significant market research it was determined that G.I. Joe's best chance at profitability was to be scaled down to 3 3/4 inches. Ron was charged with designing the new smaller figures. Ron designed EVERY SINGLE figure from the inception of A Real American Hero 1982 through 1986, 

G.I. Joe Operation Blast Off

Ron Rudat joined Hasboro in 1980, and the top secret relaunch code-named “Operation Blast Off” was underway. After significant market research it was determined that G.I. Joe's best chance at profitability was to be scaled down to 3 3/4 inches. Ron was charged with designing the new smaller figures. Ron designed EVERY SINGLE figure from the inception of A Real American Hero 1982 through 1986, 

  A Virtual Visit to Rancho Obi-Wan    Steve Sansweet  turned his passion for all things Star Wars into a second career, a huge collection, and friendships with hundreds of fellow Star Wars fans worldwide. He is now President and CEO of Rancho Obi-Wan, Inc., a non-profit corporation that is using that collection to educate and inspire. he is  certified by Guinness World Records as an authority on all things Star Wars. 

A Virtual Visit to Rancho Obi-Wan

Steve Sansweet turned his passion for all things Star Wars into a second career, a huge collection, and friendships with hundreds of fellow Star Wars fans worldwide. He is now President and CEO of Rancho Obi-Wan, Inc., a non-profit corporation that is using that collection to educate and inspire. he is  certified by Guinness World Records as an authority on all things Star Wars. 

  Not So Long Ago, in a City Not Too Far Away ... Star Wars Toys Began    Jim Swearingen , was the principal conceptual designer for Kenner's line of Star Wars toys. In 1976, Swearingen was working in Kenner's preliminary design group when his boss, Dave Okada, came in with a script from a new movie called Star Wars. The next day he insisted Okada lock himself in his office and read it. "We have to do this," he said. The rest is history.

Not So Long Ago, in a City Not Too Far Away ... Star Wars Toys Began

Jim Swearingen, was the principal conceptual designer for Kenner's line of Star Wars toys. In 1976, Swearingen was working in Kenner's preliminary design group when his boss, Dave Okada, came in with a script from a new movie called Star Wars. The next day he insisted Okada lock himself in his office and read it. "We have to do this," he said. The rest is history.

  The Man Who Shot Skywalker    Kim Simmons,  known as The man who shot Luke Skywalker, was one of the original photographers for Kenner/Hasbro.  He is responsible for the classic pictures on vehicle and playset boxes from the original Vintage Kenner Star Wars line all the way through Kenner’s transition to Hasbro in  2000. Those scenes we remember seeing on the top shelves of our local toy stores, that fill our hearts with nostalgia, we owe to him.  

The Man Who Shot Skywalker

Kim Simmons, known as The man who shot Luke Skywalker, was one of the original photographers for Kenner/Hasbro.  He is responsible for the classic pictures on vehicle and playset boxes from the original Vintage Kenner Star Wars line all the way through Kenner’s transition to Hasbro in  2000. Those scenes we remember seeing on the top shelves of our local toy stores, that fill our hearts with nostalgia, we owe to him.  

  A World of Star Wars Collectibles: the Rare, the Numerous, the Tasty!    Duncan Jenkins  is the co-author of four popular books on Star Wars collectibles, including  Gus and Duncan’s Comprehensive Guide to Star Wars Collectibles . He has written numerous articles for StarWars.com as and has shared his extensive knowledge of collecting on TV, Radio and at conventions around the world. He is also an editor of the popular vintage Star Wars collecting site  The Star Wars Collector’s Archive .  

A World of Star Wars Collectibles: the Rare, the Numerous, the Tasty!

Duncan Jenkins is the co-author of four popular books on Star Wars collectibles, including Gus and Duncan’s Comprehensive Guide to Star Wars Collectibles. He has written numerous articles for StarWars.com as and has shared his extensive knowledge of collecting on TV, Radio and at conventions around the world. He is also an editor of the popular vintage Star Wars collecting site The Star Wars Collector’s Archive.  

  Vintage Star Wars Prototypes and the Collectors that Love Them!    Chris Georgoulias, Ron Salvatore, and Todd Chamberlain  are all longtime collectors of the vintage Kenner Star Wars toys from 1978-1985. They also have a special place in their hearts for vingate Star Wars store displays, marketing materials and movwie props. This panel will focus on something special: very rare Star Wars action figure prototypes!   

Vintage Star Wars Prototypes and the Collectors that Love Them!

Chris Georgoulias, Ron Salvatore, and Todd Chamberlain are all longtime collectors of the vintage Kenner Star Wars toys from 1978-1985. They also have a special place in their hearts for vingate Star Wars store displays, marketing materials and movwie props. This panel will focus on something special: very rare Star Wars action figure prototypes!

 

  The Story Of Star Wars Top Toys Argentina    Daniel Segovia  tells the history of  Argentina's Top Toys from inception to today, and details the story of the "Magnificent Seven" -- the seven Star Wars action figures produced by the company.  A full set is almost impossible to find today. Segovia will take a deep-dive into these figures looking at both loose and carded versions, as well as the famous “no coo" action figures.

The Story Of Star Wars Top Toys Argentina

Daniel Segovia tells the history of  Argentina's Top Toys from inception to today, and details the story of the "Magnificent Seven" -- the seven Star Wars action figures produced by the company.  A full set is almost impossible to find today. Segovia will take a deep-dive into these figures looking at both loose and carded versions, as well as the famous “no coo" action figures.

  Lili Ledy Star Wars Collectibles   With over 24 years collecting Star Wars together,  Luis and Josefina Galvez  specialize in vintage Star Wars toys from various countries. They have focused on the Mexican line of Star Wars toys manufactured by Lili Ledy and have conducted valuable research about variations and production. They are contributors to the Star Wars Collectors Archive and run the Spanish-language version of Rebelscum.

Lili Ledy Star Wars Collectibles

With over 24 years collecting Star Wars together, Luis and Josefina Galvez specialize in vintage Star Wars toys from various countries. They have focused on the Mexican line of Star Wars toys manufactured by Lili Ledy and have conducted valuable research about variations and production. They are contributors to the Star Wars Collectors Archive and run the Spanish-language version of Rebelscum.

  Kenner Super Powers Collection: Prototypes and More!    Michael Mensinger  is an avid vintage toy and prototype collector. he will take  attendees on a historical tour through one of his favorite Kenner toy lines: Super Powers. Michael will discuss the production process of bringing a Super Powers action figure to life, the three series of toys released from 1984-1986, merchandising displays, unproduced toys and concepts and much more!

Kenner Super Powers Collection: Prototypes and More!

Michael Mensinger is an avid vintage toy and prototype collector. he will take  attendees on a historical tour through one of his favorite Kenner toy lines: Super Powers. Michael will discuss the production process of bringing a Super Powers action figure to life, the three series of toys released from 1984-1986, merchandising displays, unproduced toys and concepts and much more!

  Star Wars Micro Collecting and Prototypes    Mike Mensinger, Ron Salvatore, and Josh Blake  are all are avid collectors of the Kenner Star Wars Micro Collection and have sought out exotic collectibles including internak Kenner production documents, prototypes, marketing material and stories from ex-Kenner employees themselves. This team will discuss the kenner Micro releases, unproduced toys, concepts, and much more!   

Star Wars Micro Collecting and Prototypes

Mike Mensinger, Ron Salvatore, and Josh Blake are all are avid collectors of the Kenner Star Wars Micro Collection and have sought out exotic collectibles including internak Kenner production documents, prototypes, marketing material and stories from ex-Kenner employees themselves. This team will discuss the kenner Micro releases, unproduced toys, concepts, and much more!

 

  Get Engaged With The LegoSuperHeroesToday Social Media Community!   Presented by  Johnathan Pushkar . The popularity of Lego across toy lines and demographics is huge, and LegoSuperHeroesToday has turned their passion into an expansive online community using Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. LegoSuperHeroesToday thrives in sharing daily, original content based around Lego’s Marvel, Star Wars, and DC themes and has garnered more than 50,000 like-minded followers across their social media platforms. In this panel, we’ll do a deep dive into how you can better engage with the social media communities, connect with fans, share your ideas, and how to grow your own audience organically!  

Get Engaged With The LegoSuperHeroesToday Social Media Community!

Presented by Johnathan Pushkar. The popularity of Lego across toy lines and demographics is huge, and LegoSuperHeroesToday has turned their passion into an expansive online community using Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. LegoSuperHeroesToday thrives in sharing daily, original content based around Lego’s Marvel, Star Wars, and DC themes and has garnered more than 50,000 like-minded followers across their social media platforms. In this panel, we’ll do a deep dive into how you can better engage with the social media communities, connect with fans, share your ideas, and how to grow your own audience organically!