Day 27: “Padme Amidala” by Ian McCaig

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Artist: Ian McCaig
Edition: #11/125
Materials: Giclée on Paper
Size: 11″ x 14″
Price: $89

Artwork from Episode I:  The Phantom Menace by conceptual illustrator Iain McCaig.  This concept art shows early imaginings of Padme Amidala. This was created before Natalie Portman had been cast as Padmé.

I purchased the print from on May 25, 2008.

Day 26: Star Wars Episode I The Visual Dictionary

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Title: Star Wars Episode I: The Visual Dictionary
Author: David Reynolds
Publisher: DK Children
Date of Publication: May 26, 1999

“The Visual Dictionary is an essential guide to Episode One of the continuing Star Wars saga. DK’s renowned Eyewitness style brings the characters, costumes, droids, and gadgetry of the Star Wars universe to life in astonishing visual detail. Highly defined, annotated photography shows and explains the culture, background, and technology of this unfolding epic struggle between good and evil. See the terrifying anatomy of Naboo sea monster, a wild podrace on Tatooine, Battle Droids in combat. Discover the finery of Queen Amidala’s court, the Jedi’s sacred beliefs, the Nemoidians’ bizarre customs and technology. Explore the secrets of the Wheel Droids, the underwater world of Jar Jar, the Byzantine intrigue of Coruscant, and much, much more! Together with the Star Wars Episode I Incredible Cross Sections, these books create a definitive Star Wars Episode I reference library. Exciting photography and exhaustive research reveal all the Star Wars: Episode 1 characters, creatures, droids, and equipment. See the new, digitally created cut-away views of C-3P0’s photoreceptor eye, the inner workings of a battle droid’s head, and Yoda’s lightsaber. Explore the extensive Jedi and Sith weaponry, the Podracers, Pit droids, viewscreens, and Gungan battle equipment. Then delve into the secrets of Anakin’s hovel and Watto’s junkshop and every detail of the Destroyer Droid weaponry and equipment! Author David West Reynolds was given extensive access to the famed Lucasfilm archives at Skywalker Ranch in California. Key objects from the movies have been re-photographed and even re-created by expert consultants from Industrial Light and Magic, George Lucas’s award-winning special-effects production company. The result is a unique and fascinating reference work that reveals the characters and creatures of the new adventure as they appear nowhere else!”

Day 25: Snowbunny Padmé pin-up by Beck Seashols

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Title: Snowbunny Padmé pinup
Artist: Beck Seashols
Size: 8″ x 10″
Price: $10

The original of this print was a 9″ x 12″ using marker on bristol in 2012. Beck admits on Deviantart, “this outfit was NOT meant to be warn on a snow planet! ;)

I purchased the print directly from Beck Seashols at Lexington Comic & Toy Con 2014 on March 16.

Day 24: “Heroes of the Clone Wars” by Grant Gould

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Title: Heroes of the Clone Wars
Artist: Grant Gould
Edition: #50/200
Event: Star Wars Celebration VI
Size: 18″ x 24″
Price: $45

Grant Gould was the only artist in the Star Wars Celebration VI Art Show who based his limited edition print on Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Rather than the usual 250 prints, his print was limited to 200. The heroes pictured are Jedi Anakin Skywalker who is surrounded by Padmé Amidala, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Captain Rex, Ahsoka Tano, and Yoda.

I pre-ordered the print from Acme Archives on August 2, 2012 and then picked it up on August 23, 2012, at Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando, Florida.

Day 23: Star Wars Masterwork wood sketch card by Mary “Zorilita” Bellamy

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Title: “Untitled”
Artist: Mary “Zorilita” Bellamy
Materials: Microns, Pens, Gel Pens, and Markers
Set: Star Wars Masterwork
Subset: Sketch card on wood
Price: $200

As mentioned last week, Star Wars Masterwork is Topps first high-end Star Wars product. Most sketch cards are on 72 pt card stock, but each artist had up to five gold foil cards and five cards on wood. This sketch of Senator Padmé Amidala in the dress she wore for the picnic she and Anakin Skywalker had on Naboo is just one of three wood sketch cards that Mary Bellamy created.

I purchased this card on eBay last week with a best offer of $200.

Day 22 Bonus Item: Black Swan music box


Item: Black Swan music box
Price: $40

In honor of today’s Academy Awards, we look back to 2011 when Natalie Portman won the Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in Black Swan. While I have a few items related to the movie, the most unique is this music box which was given to Academy Award voters. The box plays music from Swan Lake: Listen Here

I purchased the music box from Teardrop Studio at Dragon Con in 2014

Day 22: Pepsi Bottle Caps: Queen Amidala (head)

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Item: Queen Amidala (Head) Bottle Cap and packaging
Product Line: Pepsi bottle cap collection
Price: $4

To promote the release of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in Japan, Pepsi released a line of over 50 bottle caps. The caps came blind-packaged. One of the packages featured the same portrait of Queen Amidala as on the bottle cap.

I purchased the bottle cap at Carasells Collectibles yesterday.

Day 21: Star Wars Galactic Files Queen Amidala with Naboo Starship Medallion

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Title: Queen Amidala: Naboo Starship
Set: Star Wars Galactic Files 2
Subset: Medallion Relics
Card: MD-30
Manufacturer: Topps
Cost: $79.99

Topps followed up the success of 2012’s Star Wars Galactic Files with series 2 in 2013. The breakdown of the set was extremely similar to the first series with 350 base cards, and 5 different chase sets with a total of 57 cards.Once again premium inserts included sketch cards and autographed cards, but the manufactured patch cards were replaced with a 30-card set of starship medallions. Equal numbers of each of the 12 medallions were produced, but they were not distributed equally among the character cards. The Queen Amidala card is the rarest one.

I purchased the card earlier this month from Marc Arakaki on eBay.

Day 20: Star Wars: The Clone Wars widevision clear cel card #5

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The Clone Wars Widevision cel-back

Title: Padmé
Set: Star Wars: The Clone Wars (widevision)
Subset: Animation Clear Cel
Card: #5 of 10
Manufacturer: Topps
Cost: $36 for box of cards

Following the first season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Topps produced one of their best card sets ever.

Released in late November of 2009, this widevision card set showcases the first season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated television show. Widevision cards give the set a stronger look than the earlier Clone Wars movie card set, showing more of the action, and generally presenting more of the imagery that makes the cartoon television show interesting. Because the show tends to focus on action sequences, the wider space is often needed to capture fully what is happening in a particular scene.

In addition to the 80-card base set, chase cards included eight Season Two preview cards, 20 foil cards, and a ten-card set of Animation Clear Cel cards.

This card was either a pull from one of boxes I purchased from Big T Sports’ Cards or bought from Triangle Cards at Star Wars Celebration V for $2.