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Not SDCC: Star Wars Heroes of Endor The Black Series Set

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, July 20, 2020

3795 Also not quite SDCC-exclusive are Pulse's pricey box set at $110.  Due in September, this Heroes of Endor figure set includes four figures, a Speeder Bike, and 6 accessories - or maybe more, it's hard to tell.   In it, we see Endor Poncho Luke, Leia minus the poncho - we're unclear if it's included at press time - Han Solo sans Endor Trenchcoat, and Paploo.  It's a curious combo platter, and we don't even know if the helmets are removable yet.

More information on Han's coat or Leia's poncho if and when we get it.  As of now, this is the only known place to get Paploo.  With Teebo sold separately, these mark the first 6-inch scale Ewok action figures in this line.

Here's what Hasbro has to say:

Not SDCC: Star Wars 40th Anniversary Wampa

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, July 20, 2020

3791 A few years ago, Hasbro sold a pretty good Wampa with a pretty good Hoth Luke for about $40.  It was a good deal.   This year, Hasbro will be selling a $30 Wampa in a closed box with a fifth panel as part of its not-SDCC Pulse drop in September.   Luke is not included, but the deco has been updated in a few places - his paws are painted, like Kenner's original toy.  (The previous 6-inch wampa's claws were painted.)  The wampa dropped the blood.  Also, the colors around the eyes are a little different.  I daresay it's better, which is good, because it's $30.

The figure is about as nicely articulated as a lot of the other 6-inch figures, and features no action mechanisms like the orignial's cord-powered arms.

Here's what Hasbro had to say:

Not SDCC: Star Wars The Clone Wars 501st Legion Pack from Hasbro

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, July 20, 2020

3784 With SDCC not happening, those great exclusives hd to go somewhere.  The Vintage Collection 3-packs have been a regular thing lately, with most of the figures eventually finding their way to single cards after being previewed in California.  We don't know which if any of the 501st Legion ARC Troopers 3 3/4-inch figure pack will be released individually, but right now this trio is due on Hasbro Pulse in September for $49.99.  

As far as we know this is the only 3 3/4-inch exclusive set for the summer convention season, but hey, I'm happy.  The Clone Wars debuted 12 years ago and we're getting figures for it.  Do you know what we got 12 years after the original Star Wars hit theaters?  Literally nothing.

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Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,708: Shadow Stormtrooper (The Black Series 6-Inch)

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, July 16, 2020

GameStop's exclusive Shadow Stormtrooper (The Black Series 6-Inch)  shows Hasbro's continued interest in "Legends" Expanded Universe toys - which is good! We want more of those.  This one looks like they took one of the most iconic figures of all time, cast it in mostly clear plastic, and glittered it up a bit - and it's great.  If you stumble on one, go ahead and get it.  Read on!

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,707: Stormtrooper Commander (The Black Series 6-Inch)

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, July 14, 2020

In 2008, the idea of a new video game taking place before the original Star Wars complete with Stormtroopers and Darth Vader seemed like an unrealistic dream - and maybe that's why I like this Stormtrooper Commander (The Black Series 6-Inch) so much.  A GameStop exclusive, this blue-striped figure has excellent deco and holds up nicely, despite being based from a 2013 mold that's about 8 weeks from being replaced.  Read on!

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,706: Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder, The Black Series 6-Inch)

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, July 9, 2020

This Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder, The Black Series 6-Inch) is a new mold - and it looks great!  Hasbro's engineering has improved a bunch, the colors are vibrant, the joints are good, the paint is great, and you should just have one.  Read on!

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,705: Lando Calrissian (The Black Series 6-Inch, 40th Anniversary Collection)

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, July 7, 2020

A little paint can go a long way!  The original release of this figure was great, but the printed portrait on Lando Calrissian (The Black Series 6-Inch, 40th Anniversary Collection) looks spectacular.  The improved eyes and mustache look so good, it's almost impossible to believe that it wasn't always meant to be this way.  The awkward torso joint remains.  Read on!

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,704: Rebel Soldier (Hoth, The Black Series 6-Inch, 40th Anniversary Collection)

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, July 2, 2020

Check out the Rebel Soldier (Hoth, The Black Series 6-Inch, 40th Anniversary Collection) - he has two faces! The second one is a face plate you can store in the backpack.  It's really clever, and I'd like Hasbro to keep doing this sort of spare part storage on future products.  Read on!

GameStop Gets Star Wars Gaming Greats Black Series Jango Fett

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, July 1, 2020

3781 GameStop is the new go-to for Star Wars exclusives with its  Star Wars: Bounty Hunter Jango Fett The Black Series Action Figure Only at GameStop.   (Thanks for the heads up, Hasbro PR.)  Pre-orders are live at $24.99 plus tax and shipping - and if you order two, shipping is free.  Click here to check availability.

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,703: Artoo-Deetoo (R2-D2, Dagobah, The Black Series 6-Inch, 40th Anniversary Collection)

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The complicated name of Artoo-Deetoo (R2-D2, Dagobah, The Black Series 6-Inch, 40th Anniversary Collection) should not be a roadblock to you getting one.  (You've got plenty of other roadblocks.)  The redeco drops a few accessories from the 2013 release, but adds a fantastically filthy paint job to bring out some swampy detail.   Read on!

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,702: Leia (Hoth, The Retro Collection)

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, June 25, 2020

If you were lucky, you may have found Leia (Hoth, The Retro Collection) at a Walmart where she's currently exclusive.  (Apparently she may be on clearance despite the demand and lack of availability.)  It's a good figure! She can hold her blaster better than my 1980s originals, so nicely done Hasbro.  The head isn't quite as sharp, but it's still very good.  Read on!

Star Wars: The Black Series Reveal - 2020 40th Anniversary Wave 3 and Hoth Rebel Returns

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, June 22, 2020

3774 As far as I know, this batch of 5 new figures is the final batch of this collection. (But hey, maybe more are coming!)   Pre-orders go live tomorrow, but Hasbro sent out press images today of Darth Vader (repack of 2020 Wave 1 Black Series figure), Boba Fett (seemingly reissue of the 2019 Archive figure but we'll see when it comes out), Chewbacca (seemingly the Amazon 2-pack figure with a bowcaster on new packaging), Luke Skywalker Dagobah (similar to the 2-pack with Yoda), and Snowtrooper (similar to previously released figure.)

Hasbro also sent along pictures of the Rebel Trooper (Hoth) figure which previously shipped in the 40th Anniversary wave 2.  It is expected to ship with The Black Series 2020 wave 2.  For those of you who don't have the figure, it includes two faces rather than two heads.  The faces are like masks which plug on the hat head, and you can store them inside the backpack so nothing is lost.  It's really clever on Hasbro's part.  If you have not previously bought one, get one - it's one of Hasbro's very best for this line.  (And they've done some good ones!)

All of these releases are due in the fall, but with COVID and everything release dates are subject to change.

Star Wars: The Vintage Collection Reveal - 2020 Chirrut Imwe

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, June 22, 2020

3771 The first of a new wave (and it's a good one) is this new Chirrit Imwe 3 3/4-inch action figure.  He's had two releases before with different accessories, but this is a new, super-articulated sculpt due out this year.  Pre-orders go live tomorrow morning!

Star Wars: The Vintage Collection Reveal - 2020 Carbon-Freezing Chamber Playset

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, June 22, 2020

3766 I've been dying to tell you about this Carbon-Freezing Chamber Playset, and you'll want to buy two of it. See that little freezing pit in the middle? That's removable - so you can buy 2 playsets and connect them together to build one really big environment for all the Ugnaughts, Stormtroopers, and Bespin Guards I hope you stockpiled 10 years ago. (And Lobot! We can't forget Lobot.)  Pre-orders go live Tuesday at 11:00 AM Eastern at your favorite toy stores, or rather, the toy stores that matter.

There are no plans for other sets to connect to this, but I know I'm crossing my fingers for a Gantry and Control Room some day.

In case it weren't obvious, this is a 3 3/4-inch scale toy.  If you want a 6-inch one, keep lobbying for that.

Star Wars: The Vintage Collection Reveal - 2021 Bespin Escape Leia

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, June 22, 2020

3765 Coming next year, this Bespin Escape Princess Leia seems to have a new head on the 2010 Hoth body - and a few tweaks.  This is a 3 3/4-inch The Vintage Collection figure. Take a look at the pictures and pre-order her tomorrow!