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Fantha Tracks are heading out to Star Wars Celebration Chicago in full force, and we can’t wait to see you!

Members of the Fantha Tracks team will be in all over the show, hosting their own panel on the Collecting Track, presenting our own show on the Podcast Stage, appearing as part of panels throughout the five days of the show, displaying unique and rarely seen items on our booth, generating content across the show and bringing you all the latest news and information from panels and the convention floor. 

Make sure you follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest and Tumblr to ensure that you don’t miss out.

Read on to see what we have in store.

Come visit us at Booth #1248!!

We can be found all 5 days at booth #1248 which is right opposite the costuming group area. 

Participate In Fantha Tracks Radio & TV

You can join the Fantha Tracks team to share your thoughts on Celebration Chicago, your opinions on all of the announcements that are made, as well as let us know the amazing purchases you have grabbed.

We will be recording live podcasts and video content throughout the show and we want YOU to take part. Here’s your chance to be part of Fantha Tracks Radio and TV.

Also don’t forget to get your photo taken with the legendary #StudioZuvio frame!

The Un-produced Toys Of Episode 1, “The Phantom Toys” Display

A major part of our booth will be a unique world-first display of un-produced toys from Episode I: The Phantom Menace, to mark the 20th Anniversary of the films release.

At the time of its release, a phenomenal deluge of licensed merchandise was launched covering every product area thought possible. The toys associated to the film release were among the most popular and even though it felt like toy shelves at retail hit critical mass, not every idea or concept made it to toy production.

Some ideas never made it past concept sketch proposals, others almost to the point of full-scale manufacture.  To help celebrate the 20th Anniversary, Fantha Tracks will exhibit many of the un-produced toys and ideas of The Phantom Menace, with the display rotating each day.

Postcard Giveaway

Exclusive to Fantha Tracks we will be giving away original Star Wars Adventures artist Nick Brokenshire designed postcards, themed around The Phantom Menace.  

Nick has designed postcards focused on Padme, Darth Maul, Jar Jar and  Qui-Gon and as you can see they look amazing!

Nick Brokenshire is a comic book artist from Aberdeen, Scotland who lives in the North of England. Nick is a writer/artist for IDW’s STAR WARS ADVENTURES, including stories that feature IG-88 and MAX REBO. As well as being the co-creator/artist/colorist of THE ONCE AND FUTURE QUEEN (Dark Horse) and AMELIA COLE (IDW); Nick has also worked on stories and covers for 2000AD, JUDGE DREDD (IDW) and ROBOTECH (Titan). When he is not working on his most recent graphic novel SHE’S NOT THERE with Ellis Bojar, Nick is the guitarist and singer in the increasingly popular BLUES HARVEST, known for their genre and movie-centric party tunes.

In order to get a limited run postcard (only 1000 of each have been printed) from the booth, you need to show us that you are following Fantha Tracks on any one of the following social media platforms – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Tumblr, or show that you are subscribed to Fantha Tracks Radio or TV, or that you have the Fantha Tracks App installed. There will be a different post card each day on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday with any that are remaining being available on the Monday.

Also keep your Social Media notifications on, as at some point during the show Nick will pop over to the booth and you may be lucky enough to get him to sign your cards in person.

Want to know how you can get a full set of the postcards? Find out later on in this article.

Play Your Cards Right / Card Sharks

If you don’t use a particular social media platform you can still win a postcard.  Take part in our special Star Wars variation of the game Play Your Cards Right, also known as Card Sharks in the USA.  Players must guess if the following card is higher or lower than the current card. Five correct guesses in a row will win them the postcard that’s available on that particular day.

Where’s Zuvio?

Did you see him? Somewhere at celebration you may catch a glimpse of “the star of The Force Awakens” Constable Zuvio with a Fantha Tracks logo.  

Take a picture of him and show one of the Fantha Trackers at the booth and you will get one of just 200 limited edition badges…… (just like Zuvio, once they’re gone, they’re gone!)

Guests at the booth

Make sure you have your Fantha Tracks Social Media notifications on as you never know who will be dropping by the booth to say hello.  To give you a taste of just what to expect, here are a couple of previews.

Skywalking Through Neverland  – The HOOJIB HOP meet-up!

Thursday 5:00 PM at the booth join Sarah and Richard Woloski and the rest of the Skywalking though Neverland gang as they prepare to embark on their Hoobjib Hop!

The ears will be flapping and the show floor will be bouncing as they embark on their traditional non-st(h)op tour of the show floor!  A sight that must be seen to be believed….

The Vintage Rebellion Live at the booth

Our friends at the Vintage Rebellion will be joining us on the booth on Sunday at 2.00pm for a special hour of content on the booth, bringing their vast knowledge of the vintage collecting era of Star Wars to booth #1248.

If you have any vintage questions you’ve always wanted answering, be sure to drop by and meet the team.

Podcasts, Panels and Meetups!

Making Tracks (Sunday 14th April, 4:00pm -4:45pm, Podcast Stage) 

Plug this one straight into your scheduling App as you don’t want to miss this! It’s Making Tracks LIVE!

Join hosts Mark Newbold and Dave Tree along with Cannon Fodder co-hosts Brian Cameron and Matt Booker and Martin Keeler from Fantha Tracks TV as they spend 45 with you talking all things Star Wars. Who knows what other surprises may happen during the show?

One thing that won’t be a surprise is that every attendee to our live podcast on Sunday 14th will get a FULL SET of the limited edition Nick Brokenshire postcards.

Collecting Track 

Also be sure to visit the Collecting Track, where Matt Booker and Dave Tree will be recording the first episode of our new collecting podcast on Friday 12th, exact time TBC.

The Effect And Influence Of The Palitoy Company On Star Wars Toys

Our own Dave Tree will be presenting a panel on the Collecting Stage on Saturday 13th at 1.30pm on the effect and influence of the Palitoy Company on Star Wars toys.

By the time Star Wars was released in the U.K. The Palitoy Company was already the number one powerhouse in the boys toys retail marketplace.

Whilst the divisions within The Palitoy Company were granted the opportunity to distribute the Kenner products (Palitoy, Denys Fisher & Chad Valley), it wasn’t as easy as just repackaging the toys, many changes and compromises were required in the U.K. market early on which led to unique variations and, in some cases, creating new product.

This presentation takes a look back at those challenges, the highs and lows, the successes and failures that all contribute to one of the most coveted areas of international Star Wars vintage collecting.

Podcast Meetup

Fantha Tracks is part of the Podcast Meetup on Saturday night.

Where: The Arc Bar at the Hyatt-Regency at McCormick Place

When: Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Time: 7:30 pm to whenever our Republic credits run out

Why: We want Star Wars podcasts and their listeners to get together and share the joy of this saga and fandom together!

Not going to Celebration?

If you’re not able to attend Celebration then not to worry.  One of the primary purposes of our booth is to ensure that there is plenty of content generated for those who can’t make  it to Chicago, so you can see things from a fellow fans perspective.  We also encourage you to interact with us on social media as much as you can over the weekend, so we can virtually ‘bring’ you to Celebration!

Make sure that you follow Fantha Tracks on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr and on our YouTube channel Fantha Tracks TV so you can be part of the Star Wars Celebration experience, wherever you might be in the galaxy.

Meet The Fantha Tracks Team

Fantha Trackers will be all around Celebration for all five days of the show. We will be on the convention floor, booth  #1248, the podcast stage where Mark is the Podcast Stage host and in panels. 

Look out for our distinctive gold, gray, black and white shirts and if you see any of us, be sure to stop and say hello.