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Hosted by Dengar Dan and Mike Tarkin, The Sandcrawler Podcast is a Star Wars collectors show about collectors and their collections. We are your home for Action Figure Therapy!
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Apr 13, 2019

The Sandcrawler #72 - The Rise of Skywalker Teaser Reaction Show

We sat down about 8 hours after the teaser trailer for Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker for a “show meeting.” We were going to discuss future episodes and improvements to the website but instead we ended up getting right into our thoughts on the trailer.   We hadn’t intended on recording this but we did because it’s our first impressions and we wanted to capture that. Because of that there are many “ummms” and “y’knows” and awkward pauses as we wrestle with all of the amazing images that Lucasfilm threw down at Celebration.  Enjoy!

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Mar 30, 2019

The Sandcrawler #71 - Pancakes

This week we bring you our in depth review of the Disney Parks Sandcrawler and cover the heroes from the Power of the Force line in 1997.  We also take a look at the results of Hasbro’s Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Poll.   We read a bunch of listener feedback and share our amazing care packages that were give to us by a listener (Thanks, Justin!!)

Not enough? We also talk about Canadian coins, BIll Hader, Luke’s Medal, Lando’s clothing, 2-1B’s lack of fame and Mac does an awful impression of Lando that for some reason Dan just loves.  

Along with our review of the Disney Parks Sandcrawler on this episode, we also have a video review up on our YouTube page.  You can find a link to that and an album of hi-res photos on our website. 

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Mar 14, 2019

After a couple of shows featuring guest Star Wars collectors we thought it was time to catch up on what we’ve been up to in our Star Wars collecting.  And we had detailed show notes, very organized. But then it happened….Marphalump.  Who is Marphalump? He’s an amazing creation from the Phantom Menace Pepsi Can promotion from back in 1999.  Watch this video and have your memory jogged. We’re still reeling from it.  There’s actually a short documentary on the entire promotion that aired at the same time. Seeing is believing. Here’s the purchase that Dan made that sent us down this rabbit hole.

We finally get back on track and discuss Hasbro’s recent fan poll to pick the next Black Series figure from Empire Strikes Back.

Next, Dan talks about how he has found a unique side to collecting the Power of the Force line and we get into a discussion about focusing on what you love and how much more rewarding collecting is when that’s the focus.  This turns in to a discussion on not being able to display a figure without an accurate accessory. GAH!!!!

After over a year of waiting Hasbro’s Haslab Jabba’s Sail Barge has begun showing up at collector’s doorsteps and we talk about how we feel about not ordering one.  If nothing else, it’s inspired us to take a closer look at our Jabba’s Palace, Barge and Skiff figures.   

Mac finally gets to talk about his trip to Walt Disney World last month and reports on Star Wars merchandise at the resort as well as some cool Star Wars themed attractions and shows. You can see photos of Launch Bay and Galaxy’s Edge on our Facebook page.  He also talks about some cool interactions he and his family had with some awesome Disney Castmembers.  And the big question is finally answered: Did he come home with the Disney Parks Sandcrawler?  Listen and find out!

Head over to our YouTube page for a short video Mac shot while at Walt Disney World featuring Star Wars-themed entertainment.  Consider it a time capsule of that time BEFORE Galaxy’s Edge arrived at the Disney Parks. 

We’ve got a few new updates over at TheSandcrawler.net including new photos for PLAY OUTSIDE and our Collector’s Spotlight. If you have some awesome photos for either topic send them to sandcrawlerpodcast@gmail.com.

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Feb 27, 2019

Feb 21, 2019

This week on The Sandcrawler Mac and Dan are joined by Matt Cardona aka Zack Ryder from the WWE!  Matt is an epic wrestling figure and toy collector and a big fan of the Power of the Force line.  In our Collector’s Spotlight we find out what kind of collector he is and what the Power of the Force means to him.  

And we couldn’t have such a big fan of Power of the Force without covering the next wave in our series.  So along with Matt we take a look at the Power of the Force villain figures released in 1997.  Thanks to Rebelscum.com for their always excellent archival information. 

Big thanks to Matt for coming on the show and sharing his thoughts on Star Wars and wrestling toys! Find Matt Cardona on Twitter.  Find details on The Major Wrestling Figure Podcast. 

The Sandcrawler is a proud member of The Star Wars Commonwealth Network. Check out the entire network at StarWarsCommonwealth.com   And take your first steps into a larger world.

Feb 19, 2019

The Sandcrawler - Episode 68 -New York Toy Fair With Jake Stevens

February 17, 2019

Grab a bottle of water and don’t forget to stretch and pace yourself because this week’s show is an epic one!

Hasbro’s panel at New York Toy Fair 2019 was a big one for Star Wars collectors with news of new releases, amazing exclusives, play sets and more.  In order to digest all of the news from Toy Fair we’ve brought in a ringer: One of the most knowledgable  people in the Star Wars collecting community, our good friend, Jake Stevens of From4LomToZuckuss.com.  

If you haven’t checked out all of the press photos from Toy Fair and want more details head over to From4LomToZuckuss.com where Jake has all of this new information posted.  

Topics covered this week:

•Triple Force Friday

•Hasbro Pulse

•The Retro Collection

•Black Series HyperReal 

•Black Series

•Celebration Chicago Phantom Menace Exclusives

•The Vintage Collection Jabba’s Palace Adventure Set

•The Vintage Collection Jabba’s Tatooine Skiff Vehicle

Thank you SO much to those of you that weighed in on all of this news via social media, it really helped us grasp what is behind some of these reveals. Keep the feedback coming via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or follow the link to our website for email info!

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Jan 23, 2019

January 22, 2019

While Mac heads to Walt Disney World for one last romp before Galaxy’s Edge makes that resort the most crowded place in the galaxy, the show is going to be on a bit of a hiatus for a couple more weeks. Never fear though, we still have a ton of ACTION FIGURE THERAPY for you to discover here on our site!

First up, we released two new videos on our YouTube channel. The first is our review of the Kessel Mines Playset from Solo: A Star Wars Story. The second video is a look back at Walt Disney World merchandise from The Force Awakens released back at the beginning of 2016 (hard to believe we’re in Year Four of the Disney-Star Wars era!).

Head over to our Collector’s Spotlight page for a Power of the Force collection with some killer lighting.

While we’re talking about Power of the Force, our last episode was all about the vehicles from that awesome line of Star Wars toys from the 90’s. Give it a listen and let us know what you think about these first updates to the vehicles we first saw back in the old Kenner days. And be sure to check out our Link: Our Power of the Force Appreciation Page too!

Based on the weather in our New England and Ontario bureaus, winter is here! What better time to grab your AT-AT, Tauntauns and Snowspeeders and PLAY OUTSIDE! Take some photos of your toys in the snow and send them to us (see above this article for our email link).

For our long-time listeners this will be old news but it’s been one year since we attended the Hollywood premiere of Making Fun: The Story of Funko!. If you are a newer listener we thought you might like to see and hear our experience out in LA-LA-Land.

Thanks, and as a certain mouse would say, “See ya real soon!”

-Dan & Mac

Jan 14, 2019

The Sandcrawler #67 -  Power of the Force 2: The (Awesome) Vehicles

Happy 2019! It’s our first show of the new year and we start off with a BIG announcement!  We are pleased to announce that we are now a part of the Star Wars Commonwealth Podcast Network! 

We catch up on some quick news and discuss our busy (at least Star Wars type of busy) Christmas breaks as Dan begins to process all of the Power of the Force figures and vehicles that he’s been picking up and Mac takes another step forward with his Star Wars room and especially his Rebel base diorama.  

We get back into our ongoing retrospective of the Power of the Force line from the 1990’s and talk about all of the vehicles that were released for the line.  Have a memory or story of any of these vehicles? Drop us an email or DM us on Twitter and we’ll read them on the next show.  As always we’ve included a mix of 90’s era music in this episode and you can see the entire playlist on our Facebook page.   Thanks to Rebelscum.com for their always thorough archives and information.  

Link: Mac’s Rebel Base diorama & updated Star Wars room photos

Link: Dan’s Falcon Unboxing Video

Link: Dan’s POTF2 Christmas Gifts

Link: Rebelscum Archive

Link: Our Power of the Force Appreciation Page

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