I wrote most of this Q&A before going to San Diego this week, because of schedules and multiple trips - so very little SDCC. Instead, have 3D Movies Stuff, the 6-inch line, and of course let's complain about vehicles as that seems to be our lot. More newness next week!
Also, don't forget to send in your questions for next time. Read on!
As we pass a little over the halfway point of 2014, many collectors are wondering if this has been the worst year of collecting ever. While we’ve had some highlights for The Black Series, especially in the 6 inch scale, one can’t help but feel that 2014 is more of a “placeholder” year. A transition period that came as a result of the dynamic changes for the franchise that came about in 2013 with Hasbro having to changeup strategy and make quick realignments of their resources for Episode 7. It sure seems that way with the scarcity of product since the beginning of the year. But based on what Hasbro previewed during their annual Comic-Con Star Wars Day panel, we have some good things to look forward to for the back to school/holiday season and Q1 of 2015.
StarWars.com updates their SDCC coverage with exciting news about the Marvel's future plans. Three new comics will be published including an aptly titled Star Wars ongoing series by Jason Aaron and John Cassaday (January), a Darth Vader ongoing series by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca coming next February, and a Star Wars: Princess Leia five issue mini-series by Mark Waid and Terry Dodson (March). All are canonical and will pick up where Episode IV left off.
Hasbro provides us with official photos of their 2015 reveals from yesterday's panel. Click here to check them out!
We have uploaded photos from Hasbro's Booth post panel with the exciting new 2015 reveals. While we experienced somewhat of a lull in 2014, Star Wars Rebels and this little flick coming out later in 2015 promises an avalanche of product next year. But in the meantime, Hasbro wows our attention and hits us with amazing new figures for The Black Series, Star Wars Rebels, and Saga Legends. Click here to view all the photos in our Image Bank!
While Kotobukiya didn't have too many reveals outside of an unpainted protoype of the upcoming Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia ArtFX+ figures and Mace Windu Lightsaber Chopsticks, their booth did feature one of the more stunning displays at the sh
Gentle Giant's booth was a centerpiece of goodies big and small. New minibusts of Wedge Antilles, Luke Endor, and Queen Amidala in her Red Senate Gown that are due out in Q4 look absolutely fantastic and so do the new maquettes based on characters from Star Wars Rebels.
Here's a great article on the design and the development of the new TBS 6 inch scale Jabba the Hutt from Mental Floss. Jabba is being offered as a HasbroToyShop exclusive at the show and will be available in limited quantities at their webstore after SDCC concludes. A general release version without the hookah and Salacious Crumb will release later this year. Click here to read the article and thanks to JediDefender for the heads up!
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The ToysRUs Comic-Con exclusives are now available online, including the Black Series 6 inch Cantina Showdown pack featuring Han Solo and Greedo for $39.99 each. Click here to cop yours!
Another SDCC Preview Night has come and gone and the attendance felt like a Saturday as crowd traffic was shoulder to shoulder and the Hasbro-nites (as well as resellers) flooded HasbroToyShop's booth with fervor and frustration. This being my 15th straight Comic-Con, long lines waiting for hyped exclusives are no longer as appealing. The time was better spent shooting photos of Hasbro's booth, and while the majority of it was already previewed at Toy Fair, there were a couple of reveals including a closer look at the SDCC exclusive Jabba, the Walgreen Prototype Fett, Target's pair of Star Wars Rebels vehicles, and a few from ToysRUs and Walmart.
Hot Toys just announced today on their Facebook page that they have acquired the rights to produce Star Wars 1/6 and 1/4 scale figures, including the upcoming sequels. More after the jump!
We've posted a slew of early photos from Hasbro's booth, including their huge Star Wars Command diorama and store exclusives. Also some shots of Gentle Giant's awesome reveal which will make fans of Vintage Kenner and notorious bounty hunters quite happy. Check out all the photos in our Facebook page here and keep checking for additional photos and coverage throughout the day!