SARLACC at Emerald City Comicon 2015

SARLACC will be at ECCC again this year this time with our first ever table.

Come say hello! Our members will be staffing a table in the 501st room located in TCC Annex ground floor all three days. We’ll have information on local Star Wars collecting groups, books, websites, podcasts and more.

SARLACC members Ryan Beise, Gus Lopez, Chris Bortz, and Jake Stevens will also have a panel on Kenner and Hasbro Star Wars figure collecting.

‘Star Wars Action Figures: Collect all 3000?’
Room: Hall F (TCC 304)

Saturday, March 28th 11:30AM – 12:20PM

“Join Gus Lopez (Star Wars Collectors Archive) and Ryan, Chris, and Jake (Galaxy of Toys podcast) as they go through the history of Star Wars figures from their beginnings in the early bird kit, through Power of the Force, on to Bend-Ems, in to Power of the Force 2, the prequels, Clone Wars, and right up to today with The Black Series and Rebels. We show you each line, how many figures were produced in that line, what kinds of articulation did they have, how long did it last, and more.”

SARLACC members who are also part of the Ewok Builder club are bringing their Ewoks to the 501st room. The Ewoks will be part of the charity fundraiser for the 501st photo area. Get your picture taken with some Ewoks and raise money for charity.

Want to start ECCC off right? Meet up with SARLACC for coffee and breakfast on Friday, March 27th at 9 am at the Cafe Dior on the ground floor of the Washington State Convention Center. We’ll be the ones wearing Star Wars shirts.

For more in depth coverage, check out Jake Stevens’ Star Wars Guide for Emerald City Comicon 2015 on

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Star Wars and The Power of Costume Grand Opening Party

This past weekend we had the pleasure of attending the Grand Opening Party of the Smithsonian’s newest touring exhibit “Star Wars and The Power of Costume”. The event took place at Seattle’s EMP (Experience Music Project) Museum which will be the home to this Lucasfilm exhibit until October. The party was attended by C-3PO (Anthony Daniels), Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams), the costume designer of Return of the Jedi (Aggie Guerard Rodgers), the host of The Comlink (Dave Collins), and the author of Star Wars Costumes (Brandon Alinger) to name a few.

Representing SARLACC that night were: Jake Stevens from, Criz Bee from, Tom Berges from, Curt Hanks and Gus Lopez. Gus holds the distinction of having the only privately-owned piece on display in the exhibit; Yoda himself. It was a very unique opportunity as the costumes had been pulled directly from the Lucasfilm Archives for the exhibit. The costumes on display were a mix of both Original and Prequel Trilogies, although it was more of a 70-30 split favoring the prequels.

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In addition to the costume exhibit the party was host to multiple other events throughout the night, including talks by the special guests Williams and Daniels (and no, no Episode 7 news was revealed).

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There were multiple trivia contests throughout the night ranging in difficulty which our team consisting of Criz, Tom, Gus and Jake remained undefeated (which is no small acomplishment since we were surrounded by many well-versed Star Wars enthusiasts and fans).

The night also included lightsaber stunt teams, performances by members of the 501st Garrison Titan and a photo op with R2 courtesy of the local R2 Buliders 5 (41)

The exhibit is well worth the admission and includes a lot of great behind the scenes information about the costumes of the saga. We were of course a bit frustrated at the fact that there were quite a few costumes on display that have yet to be turned into action figures. With the Sequel Trilogy and subsequent standalone films approaching ever closer, our chances at getting some of these “older” designs in figure form are becoming less likely. But that is a conversation to be had after this month’s Toy Fair was kicks off in just a week and a half.

For more on the Grand Opening Night Party check out‘s pics!

And to learn a bit more about the exhibit check out Huffington Post.

by Jake Stevens

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Rancho Obi-Wan Annual Gala 2014

SARLACC has attended both Rancho Obi-Wan (ROW) annual fundraising galas from 2013 and 2014.  The event is an opportunity to tour Steve Sansweet’s amazing Star Wars collection.  While there, guests are treated to dinner, entertainment, a silent and live auction, carnival games and even a scavenger hunt.  The admission and proceeds of the event go to cover the cost to run the museum and keep it open so all generations of Star Wars fans can continue to be inspired by the force of imagination.  You can find out more about Rancho Obi-Wan here:

For 2014′s ROW Gala SARLACC members Gus Lopez, Tom and Michal Stewart, Curt Hanks, Ryan Beise, and Amy Sjoberg were in attendence.

Day One:

We landed in the Oakland airport late and drove to Petaluma to check into our hotel for the night.

Day Two:

Influenced by the wine country surrounding us we went to lunch at Francis Ford Coppola winery.

Of course this meant having the added bonus of viewing the impressive movie prop collection on display as well.

After lunch we went back to the hotel and awaited the shuttle van to Steve’s gala. The shuttle is included as part of the ticket to the evenings events. We ran into our Canadian collector friends Ross Cuddie and Elling Haug on the shuttle and met a new collector friend in Ryan Dooks also visiting from Canada.

Upon arrival we were greeted warmly and welcomed into the collection by Steve who made introductions and announcements.

We were free to walk through the collection before dinner. SARLACC’s own Curt Hanks designed this years event logo.

Steve was the auctioneer for the live auction. Founding SARLACC member and board member of ROW, Gus Lopez, was also a volunteer for the evenings events. Here Steve auctions off an Oola velvet painting donated by artist and collector Bruce White.

Day Three

For SARLACC, the fun continued the next day when we returned to meander down side aisles and find hidden treasures within Steve’s massive collection on our own. But first we had breakfast with Canadian Star Wars collectors Elling, Ross and Ryan. Good thing we packed our extra giveaway for Steve (now an annual tradition). Admiral Ackbarf’s medicine remedy for collector envy.

Tom Stewart, Ryan Beise and Amy Sjoberg found all sorts of new things in the collection even though they had been there before. At ROW there’s always something new to discover and displays are always changing.

After a few hours it was time for lunch. While waiting for the pizza we ordered to arrive, we entertained ourselves by going through trash bins full of special offer cards in order to make as many complete sets as possible. Ah, the glamorous life of a collector!

Before we knew it it was time to return to our homes and end another fine trip to the ranch. But we know, we’ll be back.

Tickets to the ROW 2015 Gala are already on sale. Gala-ween will be held the Saturday before halloween. Members can purchase tickets to the event here:

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SARLACC’s 20th Anniversary Party

In September, 2014 SARLACC celebrated their 20th Anniversary.  To celebrate the occasion, the collecting club hosted a three-day event which consisted of toys runs, trivia contests and the viewing of some of the most amazing Star Wars collections in the area.

“S20”, as members of SARLACC affectionately referred to September’s anniversary event, began on a Friday with a party hosted at the home of Galaxy of Toys Podcast’s host Jason Lutrull.  Lutrull’s collection consists of a spectacular display of both vintage and modern Star Wars action figures and other Star Wars collectibles.  A room dedicated to just vintage collectibles and another with nearly every modern action figures and 12” figure released since ’95 was packed with collectors all night long.  A corner populated by an Atari 2600 was mostly manned by Tom Berges of who challenged all who dared to stroll by like, Criz Bee from


The night’s festivities led to a Jeopardy-like Star Wars trivia game hosted by our own Jake Stevens.  “The SARLACC Inquisitor” ended after three competitive rounds and found podcast hosts Ryan Beise (Star War: Collecting Cosmos) and Matt Fox’s (This Week in Star Wars) team coming in a close second winning “The Lonely Lobot” trophy.  The winning team was led by the highly knowledgeable author and collector Gus Lopez who walked away with “The Aquatic Ackbar” trophy.


The next morning began with an epic toy run around the Puget Sound.  A rendezvous at the famous Toy Stable in Spanaway was on the must-see-list. From there collectors had to choose which attraction to see next.  Some chose, like visiting collecting couple Arnie and Marjorie Carvalho from Star Wars Action News, to make the trip to Aberdeen, Washington to see the Sucher and Sons Star Wars Shop.

To hear their thoughts about their experience make sure to listen to Episode 433 “Collecting Nirvana in Aberdeen”.


Others chose to visit SARLACC member Mark Schroeder’s home which features an incredible vintage carded collection.



The day culminated at the Bobacabana with a deck-top BBQ on a beautiful summer Seattle evening where Gus Lopez gave tours of his world-famous prop and vintage prototype collection throughout the night.


The next morning a small group returned to Lopez’s home for breakfast and a bit of Saturday morning cartoons featuring the classic Droids series.

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Next many attendees of the event traveled to view the collection of Ryan Beise.  His collection is impressive as a large part of it is themed by characters from the Saga.



The final party of the weekend was held at “The Empire Strikes Boch”.  The collection of Lauren Boch is quite an experience to be had.  Figures of high rarity are causally positioned throughout the house-wide collection and as Amy Sjoberg of Nerdventions has stated, Boch’s collection is a display where one can feel and see a true love for Star Wars collecting.


The event was a true celebration of the collecting club, one that represented some of the best of the Seattle area and put many of the finest collections in the region on display for many to enjoy. SARLACC is looking forward to another 20 years of friendships, collections and new Star Wars media.  And of course with most events associated with SARLACC, there was a little bit of swag.

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by Jake Stevens

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I.C.E. Seattle’s First Anniversary

One year ago today in Seattle, Washington, started one of the most impressive Star Wars collector events to ever take place.  I.C.E. (International Collector’s Event) Seattle was organizes, for the most part, by members of SARLACC and on Labor Day weekend 2013 they put on an exclusive 5-day “convention” for a handful of lucky collectors from around the world.

Late August 201Among the many highlights of the event was the release of The I.C.E. Star. Obliviously taking after the vintage international cardboard version of the Death Star Playset, this star features the collections of many of the collectors who live in the Seattle area.  Designed by SARLACC member Curt Hanks, it also features a very youthful looking Gus Lopez on the box.  Within the halls of The I.C.E. Star you’ll find the following collections:

The Bobacabana

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Lake Kathleena Cantina

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The Death Star Theater

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The Empire Strikes Bock

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Here is a better look at the panels which consist of both actual pictures and artistic depictions of the four world-class collections.

The I.C.E. Star was not the only 3 3/4″ action figure inspired item at the event.  The overly generous members of SARLACC produced a large amount of free giveaways and incredible swag bags. Here is just a fraction of the collectibles given over the five days.

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A Kenner style mini catalog was given to each attendee as a guide to parties over the long Labor Day weekend.  Coins resembling those found in vintage The Power of the Force line were created and given at each party. Pin trading, room sales, craft fair and exclusive memorabilia sales made this a truly collector-focused event.

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To read more coverage about this (so far) once in a lifetime event; click the pics below:


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You can also listen to our Galaxy of Toys Podcast’s coverage of this momentous event.

I.C.E. Seattle may have been a year in the planning, included a large amount of coordinated design work by Mike Demaine, Curt Hanks, Amy Sjoberg, Earl Bergquist and more, personal funds to produce memorabilia and long hours of volunteered time but in the end it was worth every last minute and dime of effort. While it may be sometime before SARLACC will once again play host, they are hoping optimistically that other collector clubs and regions of the world will be inspired to open their homes and collections to host the next International Collectors Event.

 by Jake Stevens

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