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Episode 12: Kenner Legend Jim Swearingen & The Origins Of Star Wars Figures

Episode 12: Kenner Legend Jim Swearingen & The Origins Of Star Wars Figures

May 16, 2019

On episode #12 of J.B.T. Kenner toy design legend Jim Swearingen joins Criz Bee for an hour to talk about the origins of Star Wars action figures. Jim Swearingen designed the first eleven (not twelve) Kenner Star Wars figures, he designed the Kenner Death Star playset, the Kenner X-Wing and Tie Fighter vehicles, and he came up with the concept for the trap doors for the Dewback and TaunTauns. He also designed the very first iteration of the Kenner Boba Fett figure! Listen to the episode and learn what it was like working at Kenner in the 70s, and find out why Star Wars figures are 3.75" tall. All of this and more on JBT episode #12!

Episode 11: At The Bar With Tom Berges Talking About SWCC 2019

Episode 11: At The Bar With Tom Berges Talking About SWCC 2019

April 19, 2019

This episode was recorded at the Weber Grill bar in downtown Chicago 2019 during Star Wars Celebration. Listen to Tom Berges and Criz Bee talk about their experience while half-way through Star Wars Celebration. Please listen, subscribe and leave a review!

Episode 10: The Hasbro Interview From SWCC 2019

Episode 10: The Hasbro Interview From SWCC 2019

April 18, 2019

Here is the JediBusiness.com interview with Hasbro team members Patrick Schneider and Sam Smith from Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 followed by a short interview with Disney representative Devon from the Galaxy's Edge booth. Please listen and subscribe.

Episode 9: Hasbro’s Panel @ Star Wars Celebration 2019

Episode 9: Hasbro’s Panel @ Star Wars Celebration 2019

April 16, 2019

Here is the live audio captured during Hasbro's Star Wars panel at Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019. The panel featured Hasbro team members Patrick Schneider (senior manager, global brand development & marketing, Star Wars), Sam Smith (product design manager, Star Wars), Vickie Stratford (director product design and development, Star Wars) Sarah Carroll (director global brand strategy & marketing, Star Wars),
Mark Boudreaux (senior principal product designer, Star Wars), and Eric Franer (associate product designer, Star Wars) and Chris Gollaher (director, product development at Lucasfilm).

Episode 8: Dan Madsen’s Amazing Contributions To Star Wars Fandom

Episode 8: Dan Madsen’s Amazing Contributions To Star Wars Fandom

April 4, 2019

Hi fellow Star Wars action figure collectors and Star Wars fans! April 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of Star Wars Celebrations and in only a few weeks (May 3rd) we'll celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Episode 1 toy line!  In order to celebrate this truly iconic moment I dug in the archives and pulled out an interview with Dan Madsen, which a few years later I am still fascinated by. There are not many people who have contributed to Star Wars fandom as much as Dan, his passion for Star Wars and hard work laid the foundation for this generation's Star Wars fandom. His stories about running the Lucasfilm Fan Club in the 80's and 90's, the Star Wars Insider, exclusive fan club Star Wars figures, organizing Star Wars Celebration I in 1999, meeting George Lucas, secret knocks on doors inside Skywalker Ranch, being an extra in Episode I, watching George Lucas cut the Episode I trailer, and the excitement inside Lucasfilm before Episode I was released, all those stories are truly exciting and not to be missed! 

Episode 7: Collecting Astromechs With Lee Towersey

Episode 7: Collecting Astromechs With Lee Towersey

March 28, 2019

Join Criz Bee on this week's episode of JBT for some Star Wars action figure talk and learn more about droid builder and droid operator Lee Towersey. Lee has worked on The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, Rogue One, SOLO and he just recently finished his work on Star Wars Episode IX. This interview dives into Lee's history with collecting and his love for all things astromech droids. Have fun listening and please subscribe! 

 

 

 

 

Episode 6: Sail Barge Talk With Customs For The Kid

Episode 6: Sail Barge Talk With Customs For The Kid

March 22, 2019

Join Criz Bee on another news-filled episode of JBT! Brian and Elias Fulton from Customs For The Kid stop by this week to talk about Hasbro's Khetanna. The guys cover it all from the shipping experience, the assembly all the way to populating the barge with Star Wars figures and its surprise features. Listen now and make sure to subscribe!

Episode 5: Kenner Star Wars Toy Photography With Kim Simmons

Episode 5: Kenner Star Wars Toy Photography With Kim Simmons

March 14, 2019

For this episode of JBT Criz Bee went to the archives and pulled out an interview with Kenner photographer Kim Simmons, a.k.a. The Man Who Shot Luke Skywalker! Join Criz Bee and Tom Berges (IGrewUpStarWars.com) on their adventure to learn more about the iconic Kenner Star Wars toy images which dominated their childhoods.

Episode 4: Guillermo Olivo - Plastic Crack!

Episode 4: Guillermo Olivo - Plastic Crack!

March 8, 2019

On this week's episode of JBT creator and director Guillermo Olivo stops by to talk about his new documentary series titled Plastic Crack. The first season, which includes four episodes, is available to stream on Amazon in the United States right now. Besides talking to Guillermo, Criz Bee talks about all the Star Wars action figure news which you might have missed this past week, so make sure to subscribe and leave a review on iTunes please. 

Episode 3: Steve Sansweet & Rancho Obi-Wan At Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019

Episode 3: Steve Sansweet & Rancho Obi-Wan At Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019

February 28, 2019

On episode #3 Criz Bee catches up with some headlines around the collecting community from the past week, including Hasbro's Black Series 6" Fan Vote for the next Empire Strikes Back figure. Later in the show Steve Sansweet stops by to talk about his plans for Rancho Obi-Wan at Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019. Learn about the three segments within the exhibit, the exclusive merchandise, how to get the lightspeed pass to skip the line and find out how you can get your free autograph from Steve at Celebration!

Show Details

00:00 - 01:20 - Intro
01:20 - 04:28 - Hasbro's Black Series 6" Fan Vote
04:28 - 05:21 - Thoughts About Hasbro's 3.75" Resistance Toy Line
05:21 - 06:16 - Black Series 6" Dryden Vos Easter Egg
06:16 - 08:30 - The History Of Jabba's Sail Barge
08:30 - 29:14 - Steve Sansweet & Rancho Obi-Wan At Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019
29:14 - 33:22 - Star Wars Galaxy Of Adventures
33:22 - 35:40 - Thank yous - Outro

More information 

Offical Rancho Obi-Wan Website

Rancho Obi-Wan Merchandise

The History Of Hasbro's Vintage Collection Sail Barge

Hasbro's Black Series 6" Fan Vote Results

Black Series Dryden Vos