Hallmark 2017 Convention Exclusives Part 1: Star Wars Celebration

Beginnings: Stormtrooper™ keepsake ornament features the shield-carrying, lightsaber-wielding armored soldier inspired by the styling of famed artist Ralph McQuarrie in preproduction art for Star Wars: A New Hope. In the 40 years since their creation, McQuarrie’s original visions for the Star Wars galaxy of characters, vehicles and planets continues to inspire and delight fans. Beginnings: Stormtrooper has a total production run of 2,600 and sales will be limited to 650 per day.

This is Hallmark’s 21st year of producing Keepsake Ornaments that capture favorite memories of the Star Wars saga, including event-exclusive ornaments that first were produced in 2008. 

Snaggletooth™ and Hammerhead™ bring the Mos Eisley Cantina to Hallmark’s itty bittys® line. Hammerhead and a red-suited version of Snaggletooth itty bittys® are designed and packaged with a nod to the original Star Wars action figures. Each itty bitty, packaged in a blister card, has a total production run of 3,000 and sales will be limited to 750 per day. In addition, a blue-suited Snaggletooth will be available “loose”, not carded and has a total production run of 1,000 with sales limited to 250 per day.

The full Press Release can be read at this link


Celebrating Our 13 Year Anniversary! Prizes All Month Long!

For the past 13 years, we have had the honor of bringing you daily news, product reviews and coverage of many conventions.   We have enjoyed sharing our love of Star Wars with you.  As our 13 year anniversary is upon us, we would like to thank both our staff and our readers.  To our staff, we are grateful for the commitment, drive, and energy that you to bring to Yodasnews. Without your tireless dedication, none of this would be possible.  To our readers, it is your dedication and loyalty that keeps alive this great franchise; it is a pleasure and an honor to share it with you.

During the month of February, we have amazing giveaways planned to thank you, our readers, for all your support over the last 13 years! 

Also, as with previous anniversaries, we are giving away prizes for both our casual readers and those who follow us on social media. Keep your eye out for special events to test your creativity, fun and competitive trivia nights, and much more. Some of the items up for grabs include Gift Cards to your favorite online stores, statues, mini busts, action figures,  and more! Over 250 prizes worth over $4,000! 

It all starts today, stay tuned for how to enter the first giveaway around 8pm EST today! If you don’t follow us on Social Media, now is the best time to do it as we will do random giveaways not posted here on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Links at the top right of the website, and on this page!

Some of the items up for grabs include:

  • Five $40 Gift Certificates to BBTS
  • Limited Edition Art Prints from Joe Corroney
  • Star Wars ‘A New Hope’ Action Figure Display Diorama
  • Darth Maul: Duel on Naboo Sixth Scale Figure
  • Kotobukiya Dagobah Yoda & R2-D2 Statue ARTFX
  • Star Wars The Force Awakens Galaxy Premiere Ticket
  • 2017 Membership Kit to Rancho Obi-Wan which includes a T-Shirt
  • Gentle Giant First Order Stormtrooper Mini Bust
  • Gentle Giant AT-AT Bookends
  • Gentle Giant Mandalorian Bookends
  • Gentle Giant Kylo Ren Mini Bust
  • Gentle Giant Leia (Hoth Outfit) Kenner Jumbo Figure
  • Gentle Giant Darth Vader Collectors Gallery Statue
  • Sideshow Collectibles Tusken Raider Sixth Scale Figure
  • Sideshow Collectibles Darth Maul: Duel on Naboo Sixth Scale Figure
  • Over 75 Action Figures From various Lines Over The Last Five Years (The Force Awakens, Black Series, Clone Wars, etc.)
  • Over 100 Topps Galactic Connexions HallMark Exclusive Trading Discs
  • Star Wars Science Items from Uncle Milton
  • And more…

You can see these, as well as, other prizes right here. Of course, none of this could be possible without the generosity and support of our Anniversary Sponsors, so be sure to check them out on our prize page and support them.


Star Wars Celebration 2015: That’s A Wrap – Round Up with Links!


Here is quick guide with links to all the image galleries, videos and news we posted over the last 5 days.  We posted over 35 reports between the website and social media!  Check out the summary (and over 1,000 images)  and direct links below to each report for anything you may have missed! See you in Europe in July of 2016!

Celebration 2015: Around the Con Floor Final Image Gallery 1 

Celebration 2015: Around the Con Floor Final Image Gallery 2 

Celebration 2015: Around the Con Floor Final Image Gallery  3 

Celebration 2015: R2D2 Builders Club and Droids Around the Floor

Celebration 2015: Sideshow Presents R2-ME2

Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One Teaser Trailer at Star Wars Celebration

Celebration 2015: Darth Vader Collector Case Art Project

Celebration 2015: Kotobukiya

Celebration 2015: Fans In Costume Gallery 2!

Celebration 2015: Disney Star Wars Weekends

Celebration 2015: Images from Rebels Panel & Press Conference

New Star Wars Rebels Trailer LIVE Crowd Reaction – Celebration Anaheim 2015

Celebration 2015: Displayed Costumes

Star Wars Celebration Over Sized Topps Vintage Cards Giveaway!

Celebration 2015: SMS Audio

Celebration 2015: Hot Wheels!

Celebration 2015: Fans In Costume!

Celebration 2015: LEGO Booth Quick Look!

Celebration 2015: Star Wars Cars!

Celebration 2015: Hasbro Quick Look!

Celebration 2015: Gentle Giant Booth Images!

Collectibles Panel Gallery (SWCA 2015)

Images from The Force Awakens panel at Star Wars Celebration

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser #2

The Force Awakens Live Stream from Celebration

New Star Wars fashions premiering at Celebration

JJ Abrams Buys Pizza For Everyone Waiting in Line at Star Wars Celebration

Celebration 2015: Set Up Gallery #1

Celebration 2015: The Calm Before The Storm…

Spacetrooper Sixth Scale Figure by Hot Toys – Star Wars Celebration

First images from Celebration Anaheim!

Celebration 2015: Around the Con Floor Final Image Gallery!

Here is our final image gallery from Celebration!  We are working on a consolidate post with links to all our coverage (over 20 reports, galleries and videos)  the last 4 days. Below has a little of everything in from Jakks, EFX, Hallmark, Bandai, 501st  and just cool stuff we wanted to capture but didn’t fit in one specific area, so click and enjoy another 100+ images!

Hallmark Introduces Event-Exclusive Products for Star Wars Celebration 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 25, 2015) — Hallmark is doubling up on excitement at this year’s Star Wars Celebration with a pair of Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments and a pair of the popular itty bittys® plush collectibles to be available exclusively at the fan event.

The two-packs will be sold in limited quantities each day of the event, scheduled April 16-19 at Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.


An Epic Vision is the name of the Keepsake Ornament two-pack that features Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader locked in a heated lightsaber duel as inspired by the styling of famed artist Ralph McQuarrie in preproduction art forStar Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Nearly 40 years since their creation, McQuarrie’s original visions for the Star Wars galaxy of characters, craft and planets continues to inspire and delight fans. An Epic Vision has a total production run of 2,000 and sales will be limited to 500 per day ($40 per set).


Bossk and Dengar join Hallmark’s itty bittys line with a Celebration-exclusive two-pack of the fearsome bounty hunters seen in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. More than a dozen heroes, villains and creatures of Star Wars are now among the iconic characters of film, comics and television to appear as sweetly and uniquely styled plush itty bittys exclusively in Hallmark Gold Crown® stores and online at Hallmark.com. This bounty hunter two-pack has a total production run of 2,200 and sales will be limited to 550 per day ($20 per set).

Limited quantity buttons featuring a sneak peek of the newest Star Wars itty bittys collectors set will also be given out at the Hallmark booth (#1434). There are four designs – one for each day of the convention – that will be given away daily in limited quantities of 1,000 of each design. A fifth, secret variant design, will be in limited quantities of 500. Visit the Hallmark booth at Star Wars Celebration to learn more.

For more information on Keepsake Ornaments, itty bittys and Hallmark’s other Star Warsproducts, visit your local Hallmark Gold Crown store or go online at Hallmark.com.