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Batteries Not Included (But We Sell Those Too): Toys At Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 14, 2015 06:46pm | Post a Comment

Walking into the massive cavern of fun that is Amoeba San Francisco, it can be easy to forget what you came in to shop for in the first place. The senses are immediately flooded with stimulus from every direction and, like most of us music fiends, it’s a free-for-all as soon as you’ve entered the big red doors. Maybe you didn’t have a plan of attack and are here to browse? That’s ok too. In fact, that just might be the right way to go. As you peruse the always-expanding Book & Magazine Section and prepare for your journey onto the main floor, take a gander at the Toys & Collectibles Showcase on the mezzanine. There’s something for kids of all ages on display in there!

Besides finding rare, out-of-print action figures and toys in the Showcase, you’ll also be able to choose from current popular lines such as the Funko POP and ReAction figures. Game Of ThronesBreaking Bad, and the Star Wars Black Series are ever popular, and everyone loves a bobble head! Stop in and check it out. 

“There’s always that one customer who absolutely needs something from the Showcase, even if they don’t know it!” says Amoeba SF Collectible Buyer, Brent James. “That’s the beautiful thing about our brick and mortar stores. Twenty years into the game and counting, we’ve become museums. Only in THESE museums you can walk out with things. Amoeba customers are the real deal and they know a good thing when they see it. I think it’s important to offer a little bit of everything, since we deal with such a wide range of clients. It’s also worthy to note that there aren’t many ‘traditional’ toy stores left in San Francisco -- not even a Toys R Us -- so every little bit helps in the toy world. I’m constantly searching for good deals and am thrilled when people bring items into the store to sell.”

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May the Fourth -- A Look at Star Bars and Deep Space Discos

Posted by Eric Brightwell, May 4, 2015 11:27am | Post a Comment



The original Star Wars had a huge impact on pop culture. As a child, nothing in the film had more impact on me than the cantina scene -- and judging from the changes in dance music and imitations that followed I wasn't alone. What better occasion to reflect on the film's impact than May the Fourth, also celebrated as Star Wars Day.




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Star Wars was released on 25 May 1977. I was probably three years old when I saw it in the theater because my fourth birthday followed a couple of weeks later and there were Star Wars dolls* emerging from the middle of a birthday bundt cake. After The Empire Strikes Back, George Lucas would increasingly strain to appeal directly to children by introducing cuddly aliens and increasingly relying on cartoonish CGI but for me and many other children, Star Wars was already deeply appealing, dark and sometimes frightening as it was. 


For comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell, the cantina scene was the "threshold crossing" in the "hero's journey." For me it was a bit like viewing an ethnographic bestiary -- or a Halloween party (in the 1970s, Halloween hadn't yet been hijacked by adults and turned into streetwalker cosplay). One of the cheif appeals of Star Wars was its mystery and world building -- something which the expansion of the franchise would later explain away with banal backstories -- but on full display in the cantina. Of all the characters, 
only
Greedo was addressed by a name. The rest of the assembled wore no pageant sashes, name tags, or hash tags and aside from the viewers' understandings of evolution there were few clues as to the conditions of their home worlds. 
 
LAX Theme Building

The Star Wars cantina was what I wish Encounter in LAX's Theme Building had been, and what it will be if they get it right when it's re-opened. What the cantina wasn't was every lame, uninspired hive of pretense and conformity which bills itself (despite having a liquor license) as a "speakeasy."  It wasn't illuminated by Edison bulbs, the wines weren't listed on a chalk board, there was no unfinished wooden sign on the building's exterior describing it as an apothecary, and it was probably cash only. The bartender wasn't a lumbersexual and he didn't spend twenty minutes rubbing herbs on a mason jar in the name of "mixology."

Hot August Bikes Brought the Summer Sizzle to Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 18, 2014 05:28pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba San Francisco Storm Troopers Hot August Bikes

Amoeba San Francisco held their first ever Hot August Bikes on Sunday, August 17th, bringing in San Francisco Bicycle Coalitioncyclists (and those who love them) from all parts of the Bay. From noon to 5pm, the Amoeba SF stage and mezzanine were transformed into a bike-friendly fair featuring booths from Bay Guardian & SF Weekly, Hubert's Lemonade, Salsa Delfina, and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Between salsa and lemonade tasting, guests could learn about the SF Bicycle Coalition and spin prize wheels provided by Amoeba and Bay Guardian for fabulous gifts.

A raffle was also held for two beautiful bikes: the adorable Creme Dutch style bike donated by American Cyclery and the sporty Ocean Front Walker donated by Sole Bicycles. Funds raised from this raffle will be donated directly to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. 

As if that wasn't enough, we had two celebrity guests. Yes, a Stormtrooper and a Biker Scout from the Golden Gate Garrison of the 501st Legion dropped in to share their love of bikes and record browsing!

And without further ado, here are the winning raffle ticket numbers:

Creme Dutch style bike -- 0416645
Ocean Front Walker bike -- 0416617

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"Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination" Opens In San Jose Today

Posted by Billyjam, October 19, 2013 10:03am | Post a Comment
The final stop of the acclaimed cross-country touring Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit opens in the Bay Area today at the Tech Museum in San Jose where, now through February 23rd, the large scale interactive exhibit is guaranteed to attract diehard and even casual Star Wars fans of all ages to check out such attractions as the R2-D2 robot, the Yoda figure, the various droids, and the war chest of lightsabers (to name but a few) are all on display in the 10,000-square-foot exhibition that has been winning rave reviews since it first went on tour several years ago. A joint production of the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute, and MIT exhibit is as its name implies more than a mere Comic Con type fanboy/fangirl event. Rather it is geared to educate science students with such hands-on high-tech items as a hovercraft  prosthetic limbs. Beyond all of this the Bay Area stop of the tour is a sort of coming home for the George Lucas pop culture creation that began in the tech epicenter that is the Bay Area and is now on exhibit the Tech Museum that bills itself as "the spirit of Silicon Valley."

This week on the Museum's website Scott Hamman of The Tech Museum of Innovation said that the exhibition hall had been strictly off-limits to all but that when he finally got to view it his mind was blown away and totally he awestruck. "My nine-year-old self, enamored of the gadgets, robots, and spaceships, came right out. The first thing I saw in the exhibition was the working model of Luke’s X-wing fighter, the one used in filming many of the special effects shots," he wrote. "My jaw dropped, and it dropped even further when I saw the model of the Millennium Falcon. It is huge, and I’m told it weighs close to a ton on its base. It was an amazing experience seeing the other models as well, but nothing compared to what I saw when I turned the first corner: Darth Vader. Or rather, the original Darth Vader costume. The actor who wore the costume, David Prowse, was a tall man, but still, it appeared larger than life. It is also, like everything else on display, extraordinarily well preserved." That description gives you an idea of what to expect from the vast 10,000 square foot exhibit that features models, props, and costumes from all the six films.

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Recap: August 2012 Charity Auction

Posted by Amoebite, August 5, 2012 07:44pm | Post a Comment

rock the vote logoOn Saturday, August 4, 2012 we had another great auction at Amoeba Hollywood with mister funnyman, Jason Boggs, who cleverly wooed the people into bidding on crazy and zany items. The energy in the store was amazing, with the sidewalk sale happening at the same time and the buzz of the shoppers and the great music in the store.

This month's auction benefited Rock the Vote, which is a little different for us, but it is timely and anything that gets people involved in understanding the issues and being involved is a GOOD thing. Jason, as always, was patient and urging at the same time and even though some folks were being a bit stubborn--he got the bids out of 'em.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Star Wars lunchbox with Lando Calrissian action figure inside - $10.00 (score!)
  • Dark Knight LP with passes to the show, etc. - $25.00
  • Signed Lana Del Rey 7" single - $15.00
  • Hollywood Bowl tickets to Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter and Jazz Night - $60.00
  • Natural History Museum passes - $22.00
  • KISS collectible glass set with Metallica shirt - $12.00
  • Grimes tickets - $30.00
  • Madonna mug and poster - $10.00
  • Beatles bag with patches, stickers and poster - $35.00
  • Trader Joe's gift card with lunchbox - $55.00 (!!)
  • Amoeba VIP in-store all-access pass - $15.00
  • Brew Coffee gift certificate with mug - $10.00
  • Record Store Day gift bag - $12.00

All together $311.00 was raised for Rock the Vote, and with Amoeba's match it will be $622.00!! Nice work everyone!

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