210: Kenner’s Jim Swearingen and Pixar Fest

Kenner’s Jim Swearingen

Jim Swearingen, concept designer at Kenner, is making his podcast debut! Jim worked on Star Wars toys at Kenner as the lead concept designer from 1976-1979. His career in toys took him on a journey through not only Star Wars, but Strawberry Shortcake and Play-Doh. He might even reveal the secret ingredient that makes Play-Doh work! Richard’s mother owes Jim a great debt of gratitude, since his Star Wars toys kept him quiet for hours on end when Richard was a kid.

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Pixar Fest at Disneyland

Pixar Fest debuted at Disneyland Resort on Friday, April 13th, celebrating Pixar with themed food, merchandise and entertainment. We checked out the offerings and give a full report on the re-theming. Want to see rather than hear about it? Our favorite part was the Pixarmonic Orchestra, and you can watch their entire 20-minute set here:

Also on this episode, we look back at Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 – one year ago. We celebrate the memories all of our Skywalkers have been sharing.

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