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Where Can First-Timers See Star Wars? It’s Not Easy.

It still surprises me when I meet someone who had never seen a Star Wars movies.  These films are so iconic that I cannot imagine not seeing at least one of them.  They then follow up by saying that they’ve been wanting to see one, if not all of them, but don’t know where to start.  So how does someone go about sampling these films?

yodaIt was a Sunday afternoon that ended 2015’s Star Wars Celebration.  As I walked out of the closing ceremony (why did it have to end?!?!?), I walked back to the Sheraton Park Hotel to gather my luggage and then headed out to pick up my rental car.  I had an early flight that next morning and decided to stay close to LAX that Sunday evening.

As I was checking in at the Hilton airport location, the front desk clerk, who was in his mid-20s, noticed I was wearing a Star Wars t-shirt and asked if I attended Celebration.  When I told him that I did attend, he said that a father and his son were trying to check in a few days ago for Celebration.  He told them that they were at the wrong Hilton and must travel to the one in Anaheim.  When I asked him how he knew about the convention, he said he was not a Star Wars fan but saw Celebration mentioned on the local news.

I said, “How can you not be a Star Wars fan?  You don’t like the movies?”

He said, “It’s not like I don’t like them.  I just have never seen a Star Wars movie.  Isn’t there one called the Phantom Menace?  I saw some of that one at a friend’s house and liked it.  I just never got to finish watching it.”

yoda2I told him that he should finish watching it and that it’s Episode I of the saga.  He can start there and go through each film up to Episode VI before the new film comes out.

He excitedly said that he wants to do that because the new movie looks like it will be great!

And then a thought occurred to me.  How does someone who has never seen a Star Wars film  supposed to see any of the them before The Force Awakens comes out?  The options are limited and Disney/Lucasfilm does not make it easy for non-Star Wars fans to catch up on the films.  You would think that the films would be readily available to anyone so that a new Star Wars audience can build towards the new movie.  But clearly, that’s not what the powers that be have in mind.

Which of these available methods work for the non-Star Wars fan?

  1. Digital downloads:  The week before Celebration, Disney released digital downloads of all six films.  However, these are for purchase only.  No rentals.  So someone who has never seen and doesn’t know if they will like Star Wars is supposed to buy a Star Wars movie for $20.00.  It is hard to tell someone to sample one of the movies by telling them they can’t rent it for $5.00, or less, but they have to buy it for $20.00.
  2. Online Streaming:  Disney does not offer the films on streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime.
  3. Store Rentals:  Blockbusters and many other video store chains have closed.  There are very few smaller rental stores around, but there are limited selections if you are lucky enough to have one around- and Redbox is unlikely to carry these films.
  4. Mail-in Rentals: Luckily, Netflix will mail out the DVD versions if you are a monthly subscriber to their mail-in DVD service.  However, not everyone is a subscriber to this service.  (Blu-ray disks are an extra monthly charge.)
  5. Blu-ray/DVD Purchases:  Again, someone who has never seen a Star Wars movie isn’t going to plop down $50.00 or more for any box set.
  6. TV Broadcasts:  In the U.S., Spike TV will occasionally run a Star Wars marathon of all six films.  However, anyone wanting to catch these films needs to be a pay-tv subscriber and be diligent in keeping their eyes open for the next scheduled airing.  These will not be available through video on demand.
  7. Borrow or Visit:  This is what friends are for!  To let you borrow their disks of the films!  Or better yet, watch them at their house!

So to you, the front desk clerk at the Hilton, I would say your best bet to see all or any of the six Star Wars films is to wait to see them on pay-TV or through Netflix’s DVD service.  If you’re not a subscriber to either services, maybe you can find a friend that owns them.  I wish there were easier ways for the never-before-seen Star Wars people to catch up on the films before The Force Awakens.

~ Bruce Gibson

Making Connexions at Topps! – CCC Ep. 017

This week Michael and Bruce are joined by Mark Von Ohlen @darthvonohlen Brand Manager of Star Wars and Dr. Who at Topps trading cards to discuss some of the new and exciting products!



Collecting? Gaming? We have something for everyone in this Jammed packed episode where we discuss the old 77 star field cards, some of the Upcoming The Force Awakens Cards, Rebels, and Topps new collectible game Galactic Connexions!


Don’t know how to play Galactic Connections? That’s ok you can get caught up with these short tutorial videos below. And keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter page to find out how you can win Some of these Connexion discs of your own!


Last Day to Purchase $80 4 Day Pass for Dragon Con 2016

Hey everyone!

Today is the last day to purchase Dragon Con 2016 4 day tickets for just $80!

Remember how fun Dragon Con was this year?

Riley and Peter Mayhew

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Star Wars at the Dragon Con 2015 Parade

Every Labor Day weekend, my family and I pack up the outdoor folding chairs and attend the Saturday morning Dragon Con Parade!  This amazing event brings out tons of Dragon Con cosplayers to march down the streets of downtown Atlanta, Georgia in some of the most elaborate costumes from all types of fantasy and science fiction genres.  We always get there two hours early to get a good spot, especially in the shade.  My kids are always excited to see super-heroes, Harry Potter, crazy animated characters, and the grand finale of Star Wars cosplayers.  Anyone attending can tell that Star Wars is the most popular section of the parade with all spectators giving big cheers and taking lots of pictures of the light and dark side characters marching with the 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, and Mandalorian Mercs.  We even saw characters from The Force Awakens!

Truly, Star Wars rules the parade galaxy, and here are some pictures from this past Dragon Con event!

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~ Bruce Gibson



Dragon Con Announces Literary and Artist Guests of Honor

Author Peter F. Hamiton and Artist Ciruelo Cabral to Be Recognized at Awards Banquet

Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy and sci-fi convention, has selected British science fiction author Peter F. Hamilton and Argentina-born fantasy artist Ciruelo as its Literary and Artist Guests of Honor. Both Guests of Honor are widely renowned in their respective fields and recognized as endlessly creative individuals. They will be recognized at the Guests of Honor Awards Banquet on Saturday, Sept. 5. “We are delighted to have Peter and Ciruelo join us for Dragon Con 2015,” convention co-chair Rachel Reeves said. “For nearly 30 years, we have honored the artists and authors and other creators who bring their incredible imaginations to the worlds of science fiction and fantasy art and literature.”


Hamilton is best known for writing “space operas” – romantic and often melodramatic adventures set mainly or entirely in space. Hamilton’s Fallen Dragon was nominated for both an Arthur C. Clarke Award and John W. Campbell Memorial Award. His short story, “The Suspect Genome” was recognized with a British Science Fiction Award. Born in Rutland, UK, Hamilton still lives there today with his family.

Best known for his paintings of dragons, Ciruelo Cabral (b. Gustavo Cabral) has created book covers for George Lucas, album covers for Steve Vai and other rock acts, and magazine covers for Heavy Metal, Playboy and others. His artwork can also be found on Magic: The Gathering cards. While much of his artwork has been published in nine books including The Book of the Dragon, Ciruelo also pioneered a technique of painting on rocks that have the appearance of sculpture. He currently lives with his family near Barcelona, Spain.

Dragon Con is the internationally known pop culture convention held each Labor Day Weekend (Sept 4- 7, 2015) in Atlanta. Organized for fans, Dragon Con features more than about 3,000 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music and gaming over four days. For more information, please visit www.dragoncon.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. For more information on Ciruelo Cabral, please http://www.dac-editions.com/. For more information on Peter F. Hamilton, please visit http://www.peterfhamilton.co.uk/.