Hasbro’s TELEPODS Line Soars with One Million Figures Sold in under One Month since ANGRY BIRDS™ STAR WARS® II App Launch

Angry Birds Star Wars II - Hasbro - Telepods - Rovio Entertainment - Lucasfilm - Header - MDHasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) announced that it reached the milestone of one million TELEPODS figures in consumers’ hands around the globe. TELEPODS, the digital gaming platform for the mobile generation, launched with the new ANGRY BIRDSTM STAR WARS® II game from Rovio Entertainment and Lucasfilm, which became available less than one month ago underscoring the success of this accomplishment and popularity of the innovative new platform. Hasbro’s TELEPODS uses new technology to allow kids to play in two ways: in the physical space and through full and unprecedented integration into top-tier apps.

Angry Birds Star Wars II - Hasbro - Telepods - Rovio Entertainment - Lucasfilm - Telepod your figures into the appEvery copy of the ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS II app includes a “TELEPODS” mode that allows users of smart devices with front-facing cameras to “teleport” their Angry Birds Star Wars TELEPODS figures into the game. For the first time in ANGRY BIRDS history players can choose which characters they want to use to complete a level by using TELEPODS including Rebel Birds and Imperial Pigs. Fans download the app, tap the TELEPODS icon in the app, place one of the more than 30 ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS figures on the included TELEPODS base, and then place the base on a smart device to immediately “teleport” that figure into the game. Players can also unlock new characters in the app with TELEPODS as well as an assortment of super powers, enhancing the digital gameplay experience.

“With one million TELEPODS figures in consumers’ hands and counting, we are thrilled with the response from kids around the world to the new TELEPODS platform,” said John Frascotti, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Hasbro. “We continue to work closely with entertainment leaders like Rovio and Lucasfilm to drive seamless physical to digital app integration with our TELEPODS platform and are excited by what the future holds for this innovative experience.”

Angry Birds Star Wars II - Star Destroyer - Hasbro - Telepods - Rovio Entertainment - LucasfilmConsumers are already gearing up for the launch of ANGRY BIRDS GO!, a new app franchise recently revealed by Rovio that will also feature TELEPODS technology. A full line of TELEPODS enhanced figures and playsets are currently at retail in anticipation of the ANGRY BIRDS GO! app on December 11. Some of the one million figures around the globe that consumers have purchased include figures for the upcoming ANGRY BIRDS GO! title speaking to the excitement fans have for TELEPODS integration in a highly anticipated new game. Rovio will provide consumers with an exclusive first look to the new experience via a dedicated “COUNTDOWN TO ANGRY BIRDS GO!” app integrated with TELEPODS technology at the end of October. To learn more about the ANGRY BIRDS GO! product line from Hasbro, consumers can visit www.Hasbro.com/AngryBirds. Fans can also view the gameplay trailer for the Rovio app on Youtube and learn more about the game at http://go.angrybirds.com.

Angry Birds Star Wars II - Star Destroyer Box - Hasbro - Telepods - Rovio Entertainment - LucasfilmAbout Hasbro, Inc.
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of the Company’s world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company’s Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 170 markets around the world, and for the U.S. on Hub Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Through the company’s deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens.” Learn more at www.hasbro.com.

About Lucasfilm Ltd.
Lucasfilm Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is a global leader in film, television and digital entertainment production. In addition to its motion-picture and television production operations, Lucasfilm’s global activities include Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, serving the digital needs of the entertainment industry for visual effects and audio post-production; LucasArts, a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software worldwide; Lucasfilm Animation, which produces cutting-edge digital entertainment; and Lucas Licensing which manages the global merchandising activities for Lucasfilm’s entertainment properties including the legendary STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES franchises. Lucasfilm Ltd. is headquartered in northern California. Lucasfilm, the Lucasfilm logo, STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © 2013 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

About Rovio Entertainment
Rovio Entertainment Ltd is an industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland, and the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds™ characters franchise. Angry Birds, a casual puzzle game, became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly into multifaceted entertainment, publishing, and licensing to become a beloved international brand. Rovio’s animated Angry Birds feature film is slated for July 1, 2016. www.rovio.com

via Hasbro Press Release

Star Wars Celebration To Be Held In Anaheim April 16-19, 2015

SWCVII Announcement - Star Wars Celebration - Anaheim - April 16-19 - 2015 - DisneyThe Force” will be strong in Anaheim as Star Wars Celebration recently announced it will gather next at the Anaheim Convention Center April 16-19, 2015.

“The Star Wars franchise has a tremendous following and fan base,” said Jay Burress, president and CEO of the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau. “This pop culture phenomenon will meet here for the first time in Anaheim. We look forward to welcoming Star Wars Celebration to our destination.”

Attendance at previous Star Wars Celebration events reached in excess of 30,000 attendees. With the upcoming release of the next Star Wars film, Reed Exhibitions, which organizes Star Wars Celebration, anticipates that the attendance of Star Wars Celebration VII will be closer to 35,000. Reed Exhibitions estimates that the show typically generates $28 million to the local economy.

Tickets to the 2015 event are on sale now. For more information visit www.starwarscelebration.com.

About Reed Exhibitions
Reed Exhibitions organizes 500 events in 41 countries. In 2012 Reed Exhibitions’ events brought together 7 million participants from the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Events organized include trade and consumer exhibitions, conferences and meetings. For more information, visit www.reedexpo.com.

About Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau
The Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB) is Orange County, California’s largest destination marketing organization. It is a non-profit marketing organization dedicated to promoting Anaheim/Orange County as a premier leisure, convention and meeting destination. For more information, call (714) 765-8888 or visit anaheimoc.org. Follow the AOCVCB on Facebook (AnaheimOC), Twitter (@Anaheim_OC) and Pinterest (AnaheimOC).

via Anaheim visitor & Convention Bureau

Petco Star Wars Day YAPPY HOUR at Comic-Con 2013!

Petco - Star Wars - Yappy Hour - Invitation - HeaderWant to go to a special happy hour where you and your pet are welcome? It will be at the Hotel Indigo in Downtown San Diego on Friday, July 19 from 4-7 pm. The hotel’s address is 509 Ninth Ave. and their phone number is (619) 727-4000.


Comic-Con has gone to the dogs! Celebrate Petco‘s upcoming launch of their Star Wars Pet Fans collection—pet toys, apparel for your furriest fan—at a Yappy Hour where dogs are welcome!

Best of all, Darth Vader, Chewie and other favorites will be in attendance helping adoptable shelter dogs from the San Diego Humane Society find loving, forever homes.

You and your dog (if you have one with you) are invited to join us for:

  • The Star Wars Photo Experience for people and pets
  • Movie caricatures drawn of both of you
  • Complimentary treats and giveaways
  • A chance to win products from Petco’s Star Wars Pet Fans collection

Petco - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC - Yappy Hour - Yoda - The Force - Stormtrooper - Rebel - Imperial - T-Shirts for Dogsvia Petco Press Release

The Third Annual SDCC Star Wars Fan Breakfast by Star Wars Action News!

Star Wars Action News - San Diego Comic-Con - Star Wars Fan Breakfast - SDCC - HeaderStar Wars Action News will be hosting its third annual Star Wars Fan Breakfast on Friday, July 19th, at 7:30 am. The breakfast will be at the Edgewater Grill at Seaport Village (walking distance from the convention center).

Prizes will be given away from sponsors: Hallmark, Uncle Milton, Diamond Select Toys, Random House Audio, and more!

There is no cost to attend, just pay for what you order for breakfast!  To attend, just RSVP by July 10th to fanbreakfast@swactionnews.com with how many people are in your party and we hope to see you in San Diego!

Edgewater Grill at Seaport Village - San DiegoEdgewater Grill and Convention Center Area Mapvia Star Wars Action News

Hasbro is Bringing Angry Birds Star Wars to Comic-Con!

Hasbro - Angry Birds Star Wars Special Action Figure Set - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC Exclusives - HeaderHasbro released new information for their second Comic-Con exclusive. It’s the Angry Birds Star Wars Special Action Figure Set. The SDCC exclusive is priced at $24.99 and will be sold at the Hasbro booth. Assuming any are left over following the convention, a limited number might be available on HasbroToyShop.com.

ANGRY BIRDS™ STAR WARS®SPECIAL ACTION FIGURE SET
Approximate Retail Price: $24.99

The original 12 STAR WARS action figures are re-imagined for San Diego Comic-Con with a twist based on the mega-hit mobile game ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS from Rovio Entertainment! LUKE SKYWALKER, PRINCESS LEIA, HAN SOLO, OBI-WAN KENOBI, CHEWBACCA, R2-D2, C-3PO, DARTH VADER, STORMTROOPER, SAND PEOPLE, IMPERIAL NAVY COMMANDER and a JAWA are all re-imagined as heroic birds or evil pigs in this set, with each figure in a unique vintage-style blister card featuring ANGRY BIRDS homage to the classic Kenner artwork! The individual blister cards are all packaged together in a collectible package!

Hasbro - Angry Birds Star Wars Special Action Figure Set - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC Exclusivesvia io9

The Star Wars: The Old Republic Community Cantina Will Be At Comic-Con!

SWTOR Community Cantina - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC - Star Wars The Old Republic - HeaderBioWare will be hosting a Star Wars: The Old Republic Community Cantina on Thursday, July 18th, in San Diego during Comic-Con! This definitely is an event not to be missed!

We’re happy to announce that the next stop in the Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ Community Cantina Tour will be happening on Thursday, July 18th, in San Diego!

This is your chance to join the Star Wars: The Old Republic community for a development team Q&A as well as complimentary drinks* and giveaways. Every attendee will be receiving a highly coveted Tauntaun Fawn code.

If you’re in the area, make sure to stop by and hang out with us!

  • Venue: The Commons Bar
  • Date: Thursday, July 18th, 2013
  • Time: 7-10PM PDT
  • Address: 901 4th Avenue – San Diego, CA 92101

Space will be limited, so be sure to arrive early! You can RSVP on Facebook (Facebook RSVP is not required for attendance).

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Star Wars: The Old Republic Community Team

* This is an adult even and all attendees must be of legal drinking age to participate. Please be prepared to show ID.

SWTOR Community Cantina - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC - Star Wars The Old Republic

via SWTOR Blog

Hallmark Introduces 2013 Exclusive Keepsake Ornaments at SDCC, NYCC and D23 Expo!

Hallmark - Man of Steel - Superman - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC Exclusives - HeaderHallmark continues its participation at the nation’s largest pop culture fan conventions with four Keepsake Ornaments exclusively developed for 2013 events.

Three ornament designs will be sold in limited quantities at Comic-Con International, to be held July 18-21 in San Diego, Calif., and at New York Comic Con, set for October 10-13 in New York City:

  • Wrath of the Rancor™ – Created especially for event sales, this ornament captures Luke Skywalker’s struggle with the savage creature dwelling below Jabba the Hutt’s palace as seen in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi™.Hallmark - Wrath of the Rancor - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC Exclusive
  • U.S.S. Kelvin™ – As featured in the 2009 Star Trek movie, this Federation starship exclusive is a “battle-scarred” variant of the same Keepsake Ornament available starting in July in Hallmark Gold Crown® stores.Hallmark - Star Trek - U.S.S. Kelvin - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC Exclusive
  • Man of Steel – Inspired by this summer’s big-screen adventure of the same name, Superman is the subject of this event-exclusive Keepsake Ornament. Details and images of this ornament will be announced later this year.Hallmark - Man of Steel - Superman - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC Exclusive

At the D23 Expo 2013, slated for Aug. 9-11 in Anaheim, Calif., Hallmark will offer limited quantities of one design:

  • Cinderella’s Castle – Featuring battery-operated light and sound, this exclusive Keepsake Ornament will boast a different look from the ornament available starting in July in Hallmark Gold Crown stores.Hallmark - Cinderella's Castle - Disney D23 Expo 2013 Exclusive

More information about Hallmark’s plans for these fan events will be announced closer to the respective dates.

Starting April 15, the 2013 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Dream Book showing this year’s entire line of Keepsake Ornaments will be available in Hallmark Gold Crown® stores and online at Hallmark.com.

About Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Hallmark makes the world a more caring place by helping people express what’s in their hearts and spend time together – a privilege few other companies in the world enjoy. Hallmark greeting cards and other products are found in more than 39,000 retail outlets in the United States, including the network of flagship Hallmark Gold Crown® stores. The brand also reaches people online at Hallmark.com and on television through Hallmark Hall of Fame original movies and cable’s top-rated Hallmark Channel. Worldwide, Hallmark offers products in more than 30 languages available in 100 countries. This privately held company is based in Kansas City, Mo., and is led by the third generation of the founding Hall family. Visit http://corporate.hallmark.com for more details.

via Hallmark Press Release

Disney is RUMORED to Buy Hasbro…

Last week, Disney and George Lucas shocked everyone by announcing that Lucas had sold LucasFilm, the rights to the Star Wars films and its characters to Disney for approximately $4 billion. This week, rumors are flying that Disney may possibly buy Hasbro! Disney would then become somewhat of a monopoly of gigantic proportions to entertainment (theme parks and movies) and its merchandising of products (toys and games)!

The Lucasfilm acquisition has been reported as taking only 6 months to complete, so these discussions with Hasbro are probably pretty serious. This can definitely impact the entertainment industry in a big way. Disney would get the rights to the Transformers, G.I. Joe, My Little Pony, Dungeons and Dragons and several other tv/movie/game/toy franchises. It would definitely broaden their audience and also bring back some franchises back to Disney to be under one roof.

It seemed for a time that Disney was losing its grip on their audience until it acquired Pixar. There seemed to be too many “princess” movies and not enough movies that boys would like. Marvel and Star Wars have definitely changed that picture. Will prices for Disney-owned merchandise go up significantly as well? Hopefully not, but only time will tell.

If all this does come to pass, what happens to The Hub (and other shows) and the comics with IDW and Dark Horse? Do they all go away? Or will Disney incorporated everything? There are still a lot of questions to be answered here. Hopefully, most entities will stay in place in some way. Overall, it’s good for Disney, hopefully it will be good for fans as well.

Star Wars Celebration VI Exhibitor List and Floor Plan

Exhibitor

Booth #

740 The Game On Air

109

A Wrinkle in Time

116

Acme Archives Ltd

747

Action Figure Authority, AFA

308

Advanced Graphics

1014

Andrea Swabb

TAT21

Asylum

TAT02

Atomic Age Collectibles

312

Austin Browncoats

1205

B&D Star Wars

105

Barnes & Noble

129

Brass Monkey Tattoo

TAT09

Brian’s Toys

1102

Brick Envy

206

Bricks & Boards, LLC

1202

CMI Toys

1103

Camp Planner Industrial (CPI)

223

Cantina Collectibles

1223

Cartamundi USA

320

Chris 51 Tattoos

TAT29

Collectors Rebellion

1120

Comic Images

402

Completist Publications

1306

Cool Cat Collectibles

1021

Custom Art by Jeremiah

TAT10

DC Area Star Wars Collecting Club

548

DK Publishing Inc

813

Dark Horse Comics Inc

839

Diamond Select Toys

632

Digital Source Marketing, LLC

1226

Disney Theme Park Merchandise

341

Disney Theme Park Merchandise

331

Draven’s City Limits Collectibles

1140

Drew Baker

1038

eFX Inc.

921

Earloomz

811

Jedi Council Forums & FanForce

554

Fantasy Flight Games

739

Forcepowered Collectibles

202

Fox Valley Tattoo

TAT20

Full Sail University

229

Galerie, USA

933

Gentle Giant LTD

521

Star Wars Super Collector’s Wish Book

1224

Glitch Gaming Apparel

121

Glitch Gaming Apparel

1039

Hallmark Cards Inc

803

HASBRO

721

Her Universe

915

Hollywood Heroes

212

Hornby America, Inc

431

Howling Wolf Enterprises

1125

HYP Hats

433

iAM Enterprises, LLC (iAM3DStore.com)

1033

Imagez Photography

445

Imperial Class Tattoo, LLC

TAT16

Imperial Quartermaster & Dimension Decals

1111

Intergalactic Trading Co Inc

1213

J&J Collectibles

1122

Japan Star Wars Modeling Alliance

552

Jason Palmer Studios

941

Joe Corroney & Jan Duursema
Joe Corroney & Jan Duursema

1040

Jolie Rogue Tattoo

TAT17

Josh Bodwell Tattoos

TAT28

Jumpin Jammerz

1010

Juniors Comics & Cards

215

KE Toys & Games

207

KIF’S

1032

Kotobukiya

903

Krypton Comics Inc

1211

Lego Systems Inc

321

Legendary Costume Works

1106

Limited Edition Collectibles

203

Lost in a Vacuum

106

Matt Busch / Planetmatt Entertainment

220

Mega Star Wars

1203

Michael Bianco

TAT26

WeLoveFine.com

512

Mikes Comics & Collectibles

435

Mikes Comics & Collectibles

536

Mimoco

313

Mississippi Mandalorians

551

Museum Replicas

530

Nappy Artist

TAT15

Nerdist Industries

1240

Neutral Zone, LLC

113

Norwich Star Wars Club, UK

550

NVIDIA

833

Ohio Star Wars Collectors Club

453

Orlando Science Center

309

PSA, Professional Sports Authenticator

1110

Pain & Wonder

TAT04

P Novelties

122

Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society

451

Phil’s Toys

1220

Tattoos By Chris Jones

TAT27

TAT-TWIN Skin art by Piero Bockos

TAT19

Pitt Stop Cards

304

Plush Gallery Tattoo

TAT24

Rancorhill Collectibles

1204

Random House – Del Rey

910

Rebel Base Comics & Toys

1112

Red Rocket Tattoo

TAT13

Red Rocket Tattoo – Vinny Romanelli

TAT23

Reynolds Advanced Materials

441

Dave Dorman

939

Rubie’s Costume Co Inc

403

Russell Walks Illustration

408

Scholastic Book Fairs

533

Scion

1239

Scott Blair

TAT08

Scott Bohrer

TAT07

Shadows on the Wall

221

Sistine Skin – Jerry Watelski

TAT06

Sistine Skin, LLC

TAT03

tuff city

TAT01

Sorry! No Subtitles

120

Star Pix Collectibles

1127

Star Wars Vegetable Carving and Jedi Order of Japan

455

Star Wars Grand Florida Alliance

449

Starbase Atlanta

1003

Stylin Online

549

Stylin Online

541

Stylin Online

927

Suchiu Art

1041

Super7

315

SWAG 77

448

Tattoos by Brian Stringer

TAT14

Tattoos by Thomas Kersnowsky

TAT11

The Contact Lens Company

1105

The Dark Empire

650

The Force United

450

The Saber Guild

349

Maverick Arts/The Art of Monte Moore

225

The Art of Ralph McQuarrie

1141

Spencer Brinkerhoff III

1138

The Art of Tsuneo Sanda

1139

The DAVE School

1133

The Jedi Assembly

452

The Midsummer Knights Dream

110

Outer Rim Toys and Collectibles

1107

Prop Store

1026

The Toy Cave

1121

The Toy Federation

1114

ThinkGeek

303

Through and Through Tattoo

TAT18

Time Machine Collectibles

112

Times Forgotten

302

Topps, USA

413

Toy Chamber Collectibles

1322

Toy Dump

102

James Gallo Toy Heaven-Coining A Galaxy

1221

Toynk.com

1011

Tribbletoys.com / GIANTmicrobes

108

Trinity Tattoo Co – Steve Roberts

TAT22

Trinity Tattoo Company – Earl Funk

TAT12

Uptown Tattoos

TAT05

Utilikilts LLC

213

Wookieepedia

351

Workman Publishing Co

911

SiriusXM Satellite Radio

907

Syfy Premieres COLLECTION INTERVENTION Tuesday, August 14 at 10PM ET/PT

The six-episode series follows Elyse Luray as she “helps couples, families and individuals whose pop-culture memorabilia collections have become damaging obsessions.”

In Syfy‘s newest reality series, Collection Intervention, premiering Tuesday, August 14 at 10PM (ET/PT), former Head of Special Collections at Christie’s, Elyse Luray helps couples, families and individuals whose pop-culture memorabilia collections – from Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica to Catwoman and Barbie – have become damaging obsessions, creating financial strife and a huge strain on their lives.

In each of the six hour-long episodes, Elyse will create a strategy that helps these collectors curate and showcase their collection by assessing where the true value lies and then allow them to decide what’s worth keeping and what they can sell. These massive collections include dining rooms stuffed with 30,000 comic books, a garage filled to the rafters with Catwoman memorabilia, and an almost uninhabitable house filled with Transformers. For each collector, parting with some of their collection may free up some much needed space in their home, provide a cash windfall to get out of debt, or even just allow a couple to become more focused on their relationship.

In the premiere episode titled “A Disturbance in the Force,” what started out as a single room dedicated to Star Wars has grown to take over the entire Concord, California home of Garet and Consetta. When Elyse quickly realizes the Star Wars collection has intense emotional meaning to Consetta, she fears that Consetta may not be able to part with a single item. If Elyse is going to help this couple take back their house, she’s going to have to use The Force to break through to them.

Also in the episode, disgruntled Los Angeles housewife Lolly calls Elyse to see if she can help her husband Mark let go of some of his extensive Catwoman collection so they can start to pay some bills. When Elyse sees the collection, which has overtaken their garage, she is stunned by the poor manner in which Mark has stored the collectibles he says he loves. Nonetheless, to save their relationship and pay down their debt, Elyse helps Mark identify what in his collection is truly important to him while pushing him to let go of what is not.

Collection Intervention is produced by High Noon Entertainment with executive producers Pam Healey, Jim Berger and Elizabeth Grizzle Voorhees.

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

via Syfy Press Release