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My Star Wars Story – How I fell in love with a galaxy far, far away

Star Wars was released in theaters for the first time 40 years ago today and the world changed.

This franchise has had an effect on countless people. Whether you have been a fan since seeing the movie for the first time in a theater in 1977, are a newer fan introduced to the universe through The Force Awakens or even Star Wars Rebels, or somewhere in between, Star Wars matters to all of us some way, somehow. And each of us has our own stories about how we were introduced to that galaxy far, far away. Here’s mine.

I was born in 1982, so I missed the initial excitement over the films. This includes the original toy line from Kenner. As that line was winding down, I was at the time deep into my love of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. I was not yet aware of Star Wars existing outside of references I saw in other cartoons (can I get a high-five for Muppet Babies love?!)

Let’s fast-forward to the early 1990’s. At this point, I found myself in love with a television series called Star Trek: The Next Generation. It was a show that I enjoyed with my dad, often asking to stay up a little bit later during the week to watch the re-runs that were airing. It wasn’t long before TNG pretty much became my everything. That is, until this conversation with my parents occurred.

“You know, I bet you’d really like Star Wars” my dad said to me. And with that, my parents went and rented the trilogy from the video store and I watched them over a weekend. My “everything” suddenly changed.

Of course I still loved (and still do!) TNG, but Star Wars captured my imagination in a whole new way. It wasn’t long before I was watching the films on repeat, reciting the lines as they were happening. I began picking up magazines and skimming through Star Wars books at the stores, then spouting off facts to my parents who would humor me by pretending to be interested in this thing I had become so obsessed with. Star Wars was completely engulfing my young life, and it was about to get even deeper.

In 1995 I was walking through a retail store with my parents called Jakks (“…only Jakks will do!”) At this point, aside from some Star Trek and X-Men action figures I had at home, I was pretty much done with buying toys (HA!), but I still always enjoyed browsing the toy aisles. I had no idea that on this day I would find some action figures that would pretty much change everything for me: Kenner’s Star Wars The Power of the Force.

I grabbed up Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, and ran to my parents to show them – offering every excuse I could think of as to why I should be able to buy these even though I was “too old for toys.” I don’t remember exactly what I said, but whatever it was managed to convince them. It was probably something along the lines of “I’m not going to play with them. I’m going to collect them! These are collectibles!” I came home that day with my first-ever Star Wars action figures.

This, of course, led to a crazed obsession with Star Wars toys. I was snapping up every new character I could whenever I saw them in the stores. At the time, I kept every figure I bought in the package, but would buy a double of any one that I also wanted to open. I remember how hard it was to find C-3PO at first. I remember hunting down all of the weird variations such as long bladed lightsabers, short bladed lightsabers, and half circles printed on Boba Fett’s hands, green cards without the hologram stickers, and so on.

I was in deep. And I loved every minute of it! It was so much fun hunting down those figures, adding them to my collection, and reliving the films over and over on VHS. At this point, the full-on toy collector that had always been inside of me had been awakened.

Obviously, toy collecting has really become a big part of who I am and what I do. It’s a hobby that I am very passionate about, and something I was even able to turn into something more. Star Wars played a huge role in that.

I kind of chuckle when I look back and realize that Star Trek was my bridge to Star Wars, considering the supposed “nerd war” between the two. But I kind of love that, because both of these properties are important and special in their own ways. In my world, I couldn’t have one without the other. They were a bonding experience with my parents, and while I may have taken my love of them to extremes that my parents never did, the fact still remains that I am who I am today partly because of my love of these properties.

So thank you, Mom and Dad. Thank you for introducing me to these worlds. Thank you for allowing me to be passionate, even if you didn’t always understand it. Thank you for guiding me to a place where I can be creative and share my passion with the whole world.

All because I loved Star Wars.

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From Kenner to Kylo: Meet Mark Boudreaux, Star Wars Toy Designer for 40 Years

I had the amazing honor and privilege to interview Mark Boudreaux for StarWars.com!

Mark is the Sr. Principal Designer on Star Wars toys at Hasbro, and has been working on the line for 40 years – since it began!

Mark has a very unique perspective on all of this as a result of being there since the very beginning, and it was incredible listening to him talk and share his love and passion!

You can read the full interview here!

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Four Horsemen tease MOTU-themed Mythic Legions figures for Power-Con!

Four Horsemen Design has released information on their current schedule, which teases two figures from an upcoming Mythic Legions wave that appear to have a pretty desticnt Masters of the Universe vibe! These two figures will be available first at Power-Con, but pre-orders will also be made available to get them later on. Details in the press release below.

From Four Horsemen Design:

CURRENT FOUR HORSEMEN SCHEDULE

We wanted to give everyone a heads up on what’s going to be happening here at Four Horsemen Studios and on Store Horsemen in the very near future. Obviously, this schedule is subject to change depending on circumstances, but this is what we have to share with you right now…

5/24/2017 – MYTHIC LEGIONS: COVENANT OF SHADOW, MYTHIC LEGIONS: ALL-STARS 1.0, & MYTHIC LEGIONS: TROLLS SALE ON STORE HORSEMEN! – All of these items will be going back up for sale on Store Horsemen one week from today, Wednesday, May 24th at 3:00pm EST. These figures will all be sold as individual items, rather than as sets, except for the “Double Trollble” set which contains both the Stone Troll and the Forest Troll at a slightly discounted price. Quantities of these items are limited, but not nearly as limited as with the previous Store Horsemen in-stock sale, so you shouldn’t have a problem getting all of the figures from these waves you want. Fingers crossed… Also, we’ll be throwing a few surprise warehouse finds from previous Store Horsemen sales up there at the same time as well, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for those!

7/19/2017 – SAN DIEGO COMIC CON! – The Four Horsemen will be traveling to the 2017 San Diego Comic Con (7-19 through 7-23) where they’ll again be sharing a booth with Icon Heroes to once again display various Four Horsemen related items, give you a sneak peek at upcoming projects, and to launch the pre-order for the next wave of Mythic Legions! More details on all of this in the near future, but check out the sneak peek at the two figures that will be making their debut at the 2017 Power Con from that upcoming wave.

LATE SUMMER/EARLY FALL 2017 – FINAL PRE-ORDERS FOR MYTHIC LEGIONS: ADVENT OF DECAY! – We’re going to be able to squeeze in one final pre-order for the items that were offered during the Mythic Legions: Advent of Decay Kickstarter campaign before we’ll have to have all of the final production numbers in to the factory. It’ll probably be a very short pre-order of only a week or two, so we’re giving you an early heads-up about it now, and this pre-order won’t delay the production process of the Mythic Legions: Advent of Decay at all. Tooling patterns for this wave are already at the factory in China and they’re going through the tool making process as we write this announcement. More details on this pre-order to come as we get closer.

9/9/2017 – MYTHIC LEGIONS DEBUT AT POWER CON 2017 – Power Con – The He-Man and She-Ra Toy & Comic Book Experience is returning this year to Los Angeles, California September 9th & 10th, and the Four Horsemen will be there meeting fans, attending panels, and selling the first two figures from the upcoming wave of Mythic Legions! The Store Horsemen pre-order for these two figures, along with the rest of the wave, will begin during San Diego Comic Con 2017, but you’ll actually be able to purchase and have these two in-hand months before the Store Horsemen pre-orders are shipped by buying them at Power Con!! There will be a limited number of these two figures sold at Power Con, and there will be no Power Con pre-orders for this early bird shipment. You’ll have to be at Power Con in order to get your hands on these two months before the Store Horsemen pre-orders for them are shipped. We’ll have more info on this as Power Con 2017 gets closer, but for now, check out the sneak preview of these two figures below!

LATE FALL/EARLY WINTER 2017 – MYTHIC LEGIONS: ALL-STARS 1.1 – A lot of people have been asking us for a re-release of characters that have long since sold out from Mythic Legions 1.0 & 1.5. We definitely want to get those figures into the hands of the Mythic Legions fans that want them, but we’ll have to do it in a way that will work as far as our production numbers go. So, what we’re considering doing with this is that instead of trying to sell every single figure from Mythic Legions waves 1.0 and 1.5 all together at once, we’ll continue the “All-Stars” format where we’ll open a poll on the Source Horsemen message boards, and allow fans to choose which characters should be included from Mythic Legions waves 1.0 and 1.5 into the next Mythic Legions: All-Stars wave. We’ll post announcements about the beginning & end dates of that poll, as well as the start time for the pre-orders on this wave as we get closer to the event.

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