Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Live Podcast Show Coming Soon!

Hey there Jundland Wastes Travelers! Stay tuned for information regarding are first ever live show! Well, it's not going to be a live streaming podcast but it will be a live event that you will be able to attend. We will record the show and post it on iTunes and on the blog.

I am really excited about doing this show and our special guests who will be in attendance for it. Keep checking back for more information!

All the best,

Mark
Co-host of the TJW Podcast

A Little Bit of Tatooine on my Wrist

Hey there Travelers of the Jundland Wastes! Yesterday I opened the mailbox and found my Save the Lars Homestead limited edition watch. This watch was made as part of the fundraiser to help restore the actual "igloo" Lars homestead as seen in Episodes 2,3 and 4. This watch has the iconic "igloo" along with a moisture vaporator and the binary suns. And the coolest part of the watch is the capsule behind the timepiece which contains actual sand from Tatooine,uh,er, Tunisia. And to cap it off, I have my name engraved on the back and am listed at an "Expedition Colleague".

Of all the locations in the Star Wars universe, I have to say that Tatooine has always been my favorite. Perhaps it is because that is where the saga started back in 1977. And who can forget that iconic image of Luke standing outside the homestead staring off at the binary suns-set and wondering where life was going to take him.

And I just love the special edition version of Episode 4 and how Tatooine is enhanced. The sandtroopers on their dewbacks looking for the droids, Obi Wan's homestead and the approach into Mos Eisley is just spectacular. And for the first time this month, we are going to have the opportunity to see Tatooine in 3D with the re-release of Episode 1.

If you are looking for a great Tatooine Expanded Universe title, check out The Life and Legend of Obi Wan Kenobi by Ryder Windham. There are some awesome scenes from Tatooine that tie in many of the events from the movies as well as expand on some secrets hidden in the sands of Tatooine.

I am very honored to have my name attached to the expedition that will be restoring the Lars homestead. As a fan of the saga and the Expanded Universe, I think it will be fun knowing that the "igloo" was restored with the help of fans who find so much enjoyment from the stories taking place in that galaxy far, far away.

Keep traveling with us on the Jundland Wastes! And if you have received a watch, let us know and we'll mention it on the podcast!

All the best,

Mark
Co-host of the TJW Podcast

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The First Snow and Some Action Figure Fun!


Hello Travelers of the Jundland Wastes! We had some snow this past weekend here in the northeast. This is the view from the Jundland Wastes headquarters (I admit it looks a little more like Kyshyyk in the winter rather then the dry sands of the Dune Sea and the Jundland Wastes).


So after I finished shoveling my driveway I was inspired to rearrange my current Vintage collection figures in my brand new APEX display case. This is a great case to display figures! Just be sure to get some figure stands so your action figures can have action poses without falling down all the time.


And this being a blog and a podcast dedicated to the Star Wars Expanded Universe, I just had to display a battle from my own personal expanded universe (almost bordering on an infinities storyline). I thought it would be great to have two of my favorite female Jedi Knights, Bastila Shan and Bariss Offee, battling Darth Sidious and dark side Anakin Skywalker. And you will see Luke trying to get his shot in from the back of Sidious.

And check out this birds eye view from the top of this display case. You really get a lot of figures in here and can see them from different angles.

Stay tuned for my review of some great books that have recently hit the bookstores! I have a lot to say about Revan by Drew Karpyshyn, Vader 3-D Reconstruction by Daniel Wallace and The Wrath of Darth Maul by Ryder Windham!

Stay safe on the Jundland Wastes!

All the best,

Mark
Co-host of the TJW Podcast

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Art of Action Figure Display


Hello Travelers of the Jundland Wastes! Last night I was finally able to open up my Modern Vintage figures, take out my display case and get them on figure stands. My busy schedule does not leave me much time these days so it has been a challenge to find time to get to work on this project.
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Thanks to a lot of helpful advice on figure collecting and storage on the internet, I have been able to get most of my figures on stands to display or have them stored in sturdy plastic cases awaiting to be switched out when I want to change up my display.

My first figure placement was Bastila Shan and Darth Sidious battling each other in the front row. Maybe this will inspire an "Infinities" storyline or comic? That will have to be my next project.


Do you have figures displayed in a case, diorama or even on your desk? Send us a pic and I'll post it to the blog!

Stay tuned for more postings and podcasts!

Stay safe on the Jundland Wastes and keep on eye out for runaway banthas!

All the best,

Mark
Co-host of the TJW Podcast

Monday, January 9, 2012

"Ph"abulous Phantom Menace "Ph"igures!

Greetings Jundland Wastes Travelers! It has been quite a start to 2012 for the Star Wars universe. My last post mentioned all the extraordinary Expanded Universe books that are either available now or will be in the coming weeks. But as most of you know just from listening to the podcast that I am also collecting action figures from Hasbros current Vintage Collection.

It has been a challenge getting these figures. The distribution has been spotty for some figures. But all in all, I am very satisfied with the figures I have purchased...even better is the fact that I am not a "complete-es" so that helps my wallet. But it does look like that I am going to end my collection with figures coming out in the next year.

I am eagerly awaiting The Phantom Menace wave figures to arrive at my door in the coming weeks. And while some of the figures in this wave are not characters I am probably not interested in keeping, this wave does have my favorite Jedi of all time, Qui-Gon Jinn; the scariest looking Sith of all time, Darth Maul; and his mentor Darth Sidious as he appeared in Episode 1. I am waiting to get these figures before watching my Bluray version of Episode 1. I have a feeling that the anticipation will allow me to appreciate the movie even more especially if I have these new figures on Vintage cardbacks to look at while watching the movie.

In addition to these figures, I am trying to find the 30th anniversary collection figures of Darth Revan and Darth Malak. How can you possibly own a Vintage Collection figure of Bastila Shan and not have a couple Dark Lords for her to battle? Also, I am in the middle of reading the Revan novel and it is such a good story! I cannot wait to add these two Sith figures to my collection.

The one other figure that has caught my eye for the coming year is the realistic figure of Anakin Skywalker from the animated Clone Wars series. The figure looks great and I am really impressed how they sculpted the figure. In addition, it will be on a Vintage cardback which really shows how much The Clone Wars has impacted the Star Wars universe.

But even with all the great books, comics and figures coming out this year, I have to say that Star Wars Celebration 6 will be the high point of the year. Dan and I hope we will be there with all who are going! Stay tuned!

Let us know what you are thinking about regarding Star Wars! Send us an email at: jundlandwastespodcast@gmail.com

Keep traveling the Jundland Wastes!
All the best,

Mark
Co-host of the TJW Podcast

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

It's All About Sith This Year!

Hello Jundland Wastes Travelers! The weather is starting to get cold here in the northeast of the United States but the Expanded Universe titles are heating up this winter season! More specifically, it looks like that the EU is going to spend a good amount of time and energy on exploring the secrets of the Sith this year. Just take a look at what has already come out and what we can expect in the next few week!

Crimson Empire III - This Dark Horse comic book series has returned after a long hiatus! It prompted me to pick up the trade paperback versions of Crimson Empire I and II and get myself reacquainted with the characters of Kir Kanos, Carnor Jax and Mirith Sinn. The first series is the best in my opinion. The action and storyline is well written. And I really enjoyed seeing the appearance of Darth Vader and the Emperor in the flashback scenes as well. Check it out if you want to see the world of Star Wars from the vantage point of one of the Emperors Royal Guards.

The Book of Sith - The best piece of Star Wars memorabilia has to be my Vault Edition of The Jedi Path by Daniel Wallace. It is one of the most creative ideas to date when it comes to Star Wars books or even collectibles in general. The book itself is a work of art with special paper for the pages, collectible inserts, embossed cover and the awesome battery powered vault that houses this volume. And this February we get to see the Sith side with The Book of Sith by Daniel Wallace. It comes housed in a Sith holocron along with sound effects and a bunch of collectibles. It is priced around the same amount that The Jedi Path Vault Edition was when it first came out. I am planning on getting this but I have no doubt that next year a stripped down version will be for sale similar to what was done with The Jedi Path this season. I am hopeful that we will get a fresh look at the Sith Lords we have come to learn about through the books, comics and video games. I am especially looking forward to any history and information that will be mentioned about the planet Koriban and former Sith Lords like Darth Revan and Darth Malak.

Revan - I am currently reading this novel by Drew Karpyshyn. It is one of the best EU novels I have read in a long time. It has been a little difficult keeping up my hopes that something exciting will emerge from the Fate of the Jedi series. So finding this novel at the library was a breath of fresh air. I am a big fan of Drew Karpyshyn and his contributions to the Knights of the Old Republic video games as well as his three Darth Bane novels. Anyone who has played KOTOR and KOTOR 2 will love this novel! We meet characters from the game and learn more about what happened to them after the events of these two games. We are are also introduced to some new Sith Lords. Granted, Revan is no longer a Sith Lord at this time but he deserves an honorable mention for his Sith history which does continue to haunt him in this novel.

Darth Plagueis - Have you ever heard of the legend of Darth Plagueis the Wise? No, but we are going to in a couple days! Dan and I have mentioned this on the podcast, but without a doubt one of the greatest moments in the Star Wars movies is when Palpatine retells the story of Plagueis to Anakin in the opera house. Even this Cliff notes version of the story had me riveted to my seat in the theater and my ears wide open. I have always thought and imagined what this Sith Lord was like with Palpatine? What kind of apprentice was he to Plagueis? This is another must have novel for anyone who really enjoys stories of Sith Lords and are looking to rewatch Revenge of the Sith with some new background from this novel.

The Wrath of Darth Maul - It is no secret how much I enjoy the novels of Ryder Windham especially his biographies of Luke, Obi Wan and Anakin/Vader. I have spoken about them on the podcast and I encourage everyone to pick them up and read them (especially, the hardcover editions! The art on these novels are gorgeous!). And we now have another addition to this biography collection with the story behind Darth Maul. This is another must have for my collection and I cannot wait to get into it.

The Clone Wars - I know that the Clone Wars animated series is not really EU. But they are certainly going to be addressing Sith issues when we see the return of Darth Maul this season on the Clone Wars. Who would have thought that Darth Maul would officially return to the Star Wars universe? Yes, we have seen him in comics and other places in the EU, but this is different. Especially, considering that some information in the new Darth Maul novel will probably connect into the series. And we are all looking forward to seeing how they are going to construct his cybernetic legs as well as seeing him duel again with Obi Wan and maybe even Anakin!

So much to read, watch and enjoy in 2012...the year of the Sith! Do you have anything Sith-like that you are reading this year or looking forward to? Let us know here at the Jundland Wastes! Send us an email!

Looking forward to getting back in the studio for another TJW Podcast!
All the best,

Mark
Co-host of the TJW Podcast