ICCC - GUEST Stars

Autographs, Panels, and attractions

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WILLIAM SHATNER

Actor, director, author, singer. Best known for his roles on T.J. HookerBoston Legal and Star Trek, William Shatner is one of the most recognizable stars working today. His distinctive voice and cadence have been the subject of many imitations, spoofs, and parodies—all contributing to his status as a pop icon and endearing him to his fans. In addition to being an Emmy Award-winning actor, he has also written numerous books, directed several projects, and even recorded a few albums. Currently staring on "Better Late Then  Never" on ABC! Exclusive Meet and Greet Friday Night for ICCC VIP Ticket Holders!

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Mike Quinn

Mentored by Jim Henson, he went on to work as a Muppet Performer in The Great Muppet Caper, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Fraggle Rock, The Storyteller, Dreamchild, Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island, The Muppets and its follow up Muppets Most Wanted, the ABC series The Muppets and live performances at the Hollywood Bowl.
Possibly his most famous role is the character Nien Nunb, the co-pilot next to Lando Calrissian in the Millennium Falcon, who flew into and blew up the second Death Star. Also in ROTJ he assisted performing Yoda, Ree-Yees,Sy Snootles, Admiral Ackbar, Jabba and more. Mike as Nien Nunb can also be seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
Other feature films include Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Little Shop Of Horrors and How To Get Ahead In
Advertising.  He was also a CG character animator for Pixar on A Bug’s Life and Toy Story 2 and at ILM Lucasfilm to animate dinosaurs in Jurassic Park 3 and creatures in Star Wars Attack Of The Clones.

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Julius LeFlore

Julius has worked over 140 Hollywood Movies in his career on "RETURN OF THE JEDI" he was the stunt double for Lando and also numerous characters from the film that required stunts, like, SKIFF MASTER & YOTTS OREN & BIKER SCOUTS & STORMTROOPERS
Julius was the ONLY stuntman willing to dive HEAD FIRST into the Sarlacc Pit! (Weequay) He's also the Biker Scout that flips "head over heals" off the bikes in several scenes on Endor. On the set when EWOKS attack, it was required by union rules that stuntmen be the ones attacked so every time you see a Stormtrooper or Biker Scout getting beaten it's usually Julius!

 

Nick Palma

At the age of 13, inspired by Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon, Nick and his brother joined a Choi Li Fut school. He combined his skills with Western boxing and grappling. Nick also studied Wing Chun, Tae Kwon Do, Judo and gymnastics. This resulted in two San Fransisco Golden Glove Boxing Awards. After college and the Army, Nick moved to southern California and began a career in the movies and martial arts. His movie credits include being the “Action Turtle” (the performer in the suite) for Michaelangelo in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooz”. He did stunts for "TMNT 3" “The Last Action Hero,” “Stargate,” “Newsies,” and “The Run Down,” in which he, and five other stuntmen for the movie, where nominated for a Taurus Stunt Award for best fight sequence in 2004. He also recently worked on the movie “John Carter.”

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CAS ANVAR

Cas Anvar is a multitalented award-winning actor, he was the legendary Assassin Altair from Assassins Creed Revelations as well as his roles in Call Of Duty:BO2, Halo4, Command & Conquer and Star Wars Clone Wars. The SyFy network has cast Anvar as leads in two exciting NEW series:“Olympus”, an action-packed mythological drama, and “The Expanse”, a futuristic thriller!
An avid nerd, geek, gamer, sci-fi and comic book enthusiast. Anvar's big break came with his role in the film 'Shattered Glass', 'Argo', 'Diana', 'Source Code', 'The Factory'. 'The Terminal' 'Miss India America' and the upcoming horror thriller 'The Vatican Tapes'! Anvar has also appeared on "NCIS:LA", "In Plain Sight", "Boston Legal", "Castle", "Intelligence", "24" The final season “Lost” as well as the SyFy mini series “The Phantom”, and “Neverland”. www.icCollectorsConvention.com A Convention for All Collectors by Collectors.

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Corey D Williams

Corey Dee Williams is the son of Billy Dee Williams a.k.a. Lando Calrissian.  Corey was actually his Dad’s stand-in on Return of the Jedi! It was during his time on set that he was offered the role of KLAATU! Spending a few weeks on set and having your Dad respected by the crew was a sure fire way for Corey to be asked to don the costume of this odd green creature. He left the set of RETURN OF THE JEDI with an amazing story to tell and also the awesome honor of becoming an action figure!  Corey has worked on a few other films, but acting was not his passion. Corey is now a fitness and lifestyle coach who has trained celebrities such as Jane Fonda, Mykelti Williamson, Ice Cube

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Ron Rudat

Ron 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, even though to this day he'll tell you he "wasn't a figure guy." He Created the Cobra figures and Logo. In 1985 Ron's name made it onto a G.I. Joe file card and in 1986 his mustache was immortalized on the front of a G.I. Joe package, having his likeness illustrated as Leatherneck. 

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Gerald Home

Gerald Home has had a wide and varied career: on the big screen he played Tessek - Squid Head and the Mon Calamari Officer in Star Wars: Episode VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI, and was a puppeteer on LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, operating Audrey 11, the man-eating plant. Recent films include LONDON BOULEVARD, Hideo Nakata's CHATROOM, and WHERE I BELONG. His many TV appearances include CASUALTY, SCARLET AND BLACK, JENNY’S WAR, KEEPING MUM, HARRY'S MAD, SHANE, TIME GENTLEMEN PLEASE, SITUATION CRITICAL, PAUL DREAMS OF BETTE, and two series of THE BOOT STREET BAND.  In the West End of London he appeared in THE BLUE ANGEL for the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Gielgud Theatre, in THE ARABIAN NIGHTS at the Arts Theatre, NO SEX PLEASE - WE’RE BRITISH at the Strand Theatre, A CHRISTMAS CAROL in Oxford, THE WIZARD OF OZ and THE WINTER'S TALE in Exeter. He is still probably best known to many people as the original Mr. Muscle in the long-running series of TV commercials which were shown throughout Europe,  South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. 

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René Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois’ career is extensive.  His numerous TV series roles in BENSON as Clayton Endicott III, security chief Odo on STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE. In 1968, he made his NYC stage debut as the Fool in King Lear and within two years had won a Tony Award supporting Katharine Hepburn in the musical COCO.

On the big screen, Auberjonois debuted in Robert Rossen's Lilith before joining Altman in a series of films that has included M*A*S*H, MCCABE & MRS. MILLER, THE PLAYER, THE HINDENBURG, POLICE ACADAMY 5, Dr. Burton in BATMAN FOREVER, and as Prof. Artemus Bradford in the live-action feature INSPECTOR GADGET, The Reverend Oliver in THE PATRIOT opposite Mel Gibson.  He returned to series television on David E. Kelley's law drama BOSTON LEGAL as Paul Lewiston.

He is also a specialist in voice work for animation, starting with the voice of the evil Dr. Braxis in CHALLENGE OF THE GO-BOTS, and the French cook Louis in Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID!

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Panels

Steve Sansweet

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. In 1996 he became Director of Specialty Marketing at Lucasfilm Ltd. His title later changed to Director of Content Management and head of Fan Relations. Steve officially left Lucasfilm in April, 2011, but still freelances as their Fan Relations Adviser. Steve appeared as co-host on more than 50 hours of Star Wars collectibles programming on QVC in the last half of the 1990s and has done numerous television and online interviews about his passion for Star Wars. Not abandoning his love of writing, Steve has written or co-authored 19 books, 17 of them on Star Wars, including The Star Wars Vault, the 1.2 million-word Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Star Wars: 1,000 Collectibles – Memorabilia and Stories from a Galaxy Far, Far Away and Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection. In addition to being the saga’s top collector—as Certified by Guinness World Records—Steve is a recognized authority on all things Star Wars, from the making and marketing of the movies and spin-offs to the activities of fans worldwide. Steve helped build the first editorial team that created StarWars.com. He is a proud member of the 501st Legion, a worldwide grassroots fan costuming and service organization, and an honorary member of many other fan groups.

Jim Swearingen

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 and some photographs from a new movie called Star Wars. Jim took the script home and read it.  The next day he insisted Okada lock himself in his office and read it. "We have to do this," he told him. "We have to make these toys." From 1976-79, Star Wars became Swearingen's baby. The success of Kenner's "Star Wars" toys even shifted the toy industry's focus toward thinking small. Until then, action figures were foot-long dolls like vintage G.I. Joe. Kenner's 3 3/4-inch Lukes and Leias stemmed from the UC designer's mock-ups, the size of which were based upon what he rummaged from the company toy bin.  Besides "Star Wars," He contributed to many popular product lines while with Kenner, including PlayDoh, Spirograph, Baby Alive, Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake.  He then spent 15 years doing contract work making licensed products from movies such as "Alien," "Jurassic Park," "Men in Black" ,"Pirates of the Caribbean II: Dead Man's Chest."

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Michael Mensinger

Kenner Super Powers Collection: Prototypes, Production Toys, and More!

Michael Mensinger, an avid vintage toy and prototype collector of nearly 3 decades, takes 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!

 
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Chris Georgoulias, Ron Salvatore, Todd Chamberlain

Vintage Star Wars Prototypes and the Super Collectors that Love Them!
Chris Georgoulias was a first generation collector, then re-activated his collecting in 1990. He has been a contributor to the Star Wars Collectors Archive (SWCA) since its earliest days and was made an editor. Chris has traveled to to conventions worldwide and to filming locations as far away as Tunisia and Guatemala. His collection primarily focuses on vintage Kenner items, prototypes, and movie props.

Ron Salvatore, collects items related to the vintage Kenner line, especially those that were never available commercially, like store displays, marketing material, and prototypes.

Todd Chamberlain’s toy collecting was a family passion shared by his grandfather and mother. Todd considers the Kenner toy line to be the core of his collection, but he also collects point-of-purchase display, school supplies, and apparel.

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Duncan Jenkins

"A World of Star Wars Collectibles: the Rare, the Numerous, the Tasty!" Duncan Jenkins is the co-author on four books relating to Star Wars collectibles: Gus and Duncan’s Comprehensive Guide to Star Wars Collectibles, Gus and Duncan’s Guide to Star Wars Prototypes, Gus and Duncan’s Guide to Star Wars Cast & Crew Items, and Star Wars: Year by Year. He has written numerous articles for StarWars.com as well as various publications. Duncan has shared his extensive knowledge of collecting in presentations at conventions around the world in addition to TV and radio programs. He is an editor for The Star Wars Collector’s Archive.  He lives in Liberty, Missouri with his wife Anne who helps him manage his own 5,000 square foot Star Wars collectibles museum, The Sithsonian.

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Kim Simmons

"The Man Who Shot Skywalker Speaks!"  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 until 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.  His started working with Kenner in 1981 and his first big scene creation as a commercial photographer was the Star Wars battle scene in 1982. He will delve into the history of the photography process of Kenner getting toys to market.

 

 

 

 

 

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Daniel Segovia

"Top Toys from Argentina!" Daniel Segovia lives in Buenos Aires Argentina, and  is the author of Guerra Estelar and Guerra Estelar II both focusing on Vintage Star Wars Collectibles from Argentina, Mexico, and South America. He has also written, Juguetes Vintage de Argentina all about the other Vintage toys released in Argentina like MOTU and MASK! He has hosted presentations at conventions all over the world. Within the pages of his books you are taken on a delightful toy tour South of the United States border where the licenses for Vintage toys were acquired by compaines that sometimes had to create their own versions of the beloved action figures and vehicles because it was cost prohibitive or impossible to import the Kenner toys from Asia. Follow along with this slice of Argentinian history through the eyes of the local children in their quest for Star Wars Toys! 

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Attractions

The Official House Band of #ICCC2018 Checkpoint Charley! They have just released a new album 'Great Jedi Mind Trick' ! Including songs like 'The Ballad of Han and Leia'  Checkpoint Charley is the ongoing Power Pop muse of duo Kevin Packard and Jesse Anderegg. Music to the power of Jellyfish, Beatles, Weezer, and Queen!  You Can't have a great convention in Music without a great band! 

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The HSPPA / The Horror & SciFi Prop Preservation Association - IPPA, INC. is a not-for-profit traveling museum of screen used props and wardrobes. Come see The HSPPA's exhibit of screenused props and wardrobes from such films as: The Amazing Spider-Man, Batman Returns, Seed of Chucky, Resident Evil, Terminator 2, Wonder Woman, Friday The 13th, Hellraiser and so much more!!!

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Derby City Pit Crew

Derby City Pit Crew (DCPC) is a fan-build prop group focusing on building near film-accurate replicas from the Star Wars universe; they are non-profit, 100% volunteer staffed and a charity oriented group. DCPC brings fan-interactive, photo-op, large scale prop display of Star Wars replicas. Tiffany, The world’s only half-scale or larger, freestanding, portable AT-ST. The Twins, Two, 1:1 Scale, Speeder Bikes; Jade and Jasmine, interact by not only by sitting on the bikes but firing the thumb triggered cannon with light effects and engine sounds during the experience; a premier photo opportunity! Completing the Endor experience, the 25' tall shield generator wall not only makes an excellent photo opportunity but transports you right to Endor as you outrun an AT-ST on your speeder bike!