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Month: December 2018

Columbia Makes It So YOU TOO Can Own the EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Crew Parka

On location in Norway during production in 1979, the Hoth scenes were filmed in the remote town of Finse, often buried in snow, and surrounded by glaciers and avalanche-prone mountains. So, Hoth was actually real-world cold. If you look at behind-the-scenes photos from Empire‘s Hoth sequences, you’ll notice that everyone is bundled up. To protect them from the harsh elements and blizzard conditions, cast and crew members were issued custom gear, including goggles, caps, and snow pants.

But one item in particular stands out: that jacket.

It’s a bold blue parka with popping stripes on the upper sleeves, a custom nameplate above the left pocket, and other Star Wars-themed details, including a patch on the left arm and, finally, the coup de grâce: a hauntingly cool “Vader in flames” on the front chest. The Empire parka was crew gear (custom-made, branded apparel for those working on a film) before there was crew gear, and Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and director Irvin Kershner all wore it. As such, it’s become a holy grail among collectors. They’re incredibly hard to find, as only a few dozen were made and even fewer are known to exist today.

If you ever liked the jacket’s style or wished you could have something like it, you’re in luck.

Available for $500 here starting on December 7th.

CAPTAIN MARVEL Gets Her Own SH Figuarts Figure

The Toyark:

Tamashii Nations have put out official images for S.H. Figuarts MCU Captain Marvel. The figure is set to release in March 2019 at 6,400 Yen ($56 USD). She is set to come with 2 heads, 2 effects pieces, extra hands. No word yet on the US release, but assume it’s soon after and bundled with a larger Tamashii Effects piece.

Looks great, but too expensive for my blood.

(Keep in mind, I have a hard time paying $20 for a Marvel Legends figure.)

‘This Artist Reenvisioned Marvel Superheroes in a Traditional Native American Style’

Smithsonian Magazine:

Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor and a dozen other superheroes teaming up to fend off an alien invasion. It sounds more like the stuff of the megaplex than the museum. But this larger-than-life scene, displayed in a richly colorful mural, is what visitors to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York City will encounter as they make their way from the grand rotunda to its exhibition spaces.

Designed by artist Jeffrey Veregge, the work features all the elements of a great comic book battle—splashy text, panel-breaking brawls, giant villains and daring heroes. But the exhibition, titled “Jeffrey Veregge: Of Gods and Heroes,” also tells a deeper story about cross-pollinating influences between Indigenous traditions and modern pop culture. Veregge is Salish, part of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe in Washington State, and the mural uses phrases from his tribal language, S’Klallam, as well as motifs from his tribe to offer his own distinct take on these familiar characters.

So incredibly cool.