Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,673: BB-8 (Galaxy of Adventures 5-Inch)

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, March 17, 2020

From last year's line, the BB-8 (Galaxy of Adventures 5-Inch) is a cute, big-eyed droid and part of a 3-pack with R2-D2 and D-O.  Retail stores cleared them out but you can still get them online!  Read on.

Hasbro Closes Offices due to Coronavirus, Other Updates

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, March 15, 2020

The Providence Journal has confirmed that Hasbro has closed its offices due to the Coronavirus threat.  COVID-19 has turned grocery shopping into the new toy run of 2020, with soap, meat, toilet paper, and Kleenex assuming the roles of Hot Wheels Treasure Hunts and Funko Pop! Vinyl Chase figures.  Hasbro's offices have undergone routine, deep cleaning and now the Rhode Island toy maker will begin working from home.  Hasbro's offices are to be closed for the rest of March.

The Providence Journal has more:

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,672: Supreme Leader Kylo Ren (The Black Series 6-Inch)

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, March 12, 2020

A new head and a new cape aren't a lot to go on, but Supreme Leader Kylo Ren (The Black Series 6-Inch)  turned out pretty well.  The red lines are nifty and the cape hangs well - with two optional hoods.  Is it any good? Yes! Do you need it?  Maybe! Read on.

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,670: The Mandalorian (Carbonized Graphite, The Black Series 6-Inch)

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, March 5, 2020

Target's exclusive The Mandalorian (Carbonized Graphite, The Black Series 6-Inch) has been in short supply, but a new run started to show up a few weeks ago. I hope you found yours, because the silver elements look fantasticRead on!

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,669: Sith Jet Trooper (The Vintage Collection)

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, March 3, 2020

It's red and small! The Sith Jet Trooper (The Vintage Collection) is one of the enemies at the end of the very popular non-playable video game The Rise of Skywalker, and comes complete with two blasters and a jet pack you can't remove.  Read on!

Toy Fair 2020 - Hasbro Star Wars The Vintage Collection Figures and Vehicle

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, February 22, 2020

Star Wars: The Vintage Collection! It was not a big year for reveals. The biggest was a new edition of Boba Fett's Slave I, a long since sold-out formerly Amazon exclusive, now a shared exclusive. The 2020 edition includes a newly-tooled clear display stand and a new paint job that's better than ever, with cool engine lights on the back! It's also a lot more expensive, but not nearly as pricey as the secondary market rates for the original.

Toy Fair 2020 - Hasbro Star Wars Black Series Snowspeeder

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, February 22, 2020

Big vehicles! The surprisingly Snowspeeder with Dak Ralter is the highlight of The Black Series 6-inch collection this year - and there's a lot of good stuff. After 2 waves of The Empire Strikes Back reissues and improvements on 40th anniversary cards, a Probot, the baby The Child, and some other odds and ends, a $120 vehicle-with-new-character-figure seemed impossible. Yet, here it is.

Toy Fair 2020 - Hasbro Star Wars Mission Fleet Vehicles with Figures

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, February 22, 2020

Star Wars Mission Fleet! Rising plastic costs have been a strike against good toy vehicles since the 1980s, with Hasbro having to find clever or different ways to make smaller or different ships for your figures. In 2020, the next attempt is Mission Fleet - a series-spanning line with original trilogy, prequel, and TV-based ships. There don't seem to be any Disney-era movie items in here, it's just Lucasfilm-era stuff and The Mandalorian. It's neat.

Toy Fair 2020 - Hasbro Mandalorian and Baby Yoda Goodies

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, February 22, 2020

Is it Man... or The Mandalorian? Neither - The Child has taken over Star Wars! Collectible figures, action figures, a board game, plushes, 2 kinds of electronic doll things, and more are on deck this year as is The Darksaber. Other character announcements were sadly in short supply, but at least it looks like the future of Star Wars is, indeed, the children.

The Bounty Collection (previously/also Baby Bounties) collectible figures will be sold in 2-packs and individually - packaging hunters, take note. If you like variants this is for you.

Toy Fair 2020 - Hasbro Star Wars Retro Kenner Luke Skywalker with Hoth Ice Planet Board Game

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, February 22, 2020

Hoth Ice Planet Adventure Game! Walmart is reissuing Kenner's old Boba Fett, Yoda, Bespin Luke, Hoth Leia, Hoth Han, and Lando Calrissian figures - and pre-sales of some are already sold out. And many of us older fans already own those figures, which are getting more randomized pre-applied "wear" on the card art. So you might be interested in this board game.

Toy Fair 2020 - Hasbro Battle Bobblers

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, February 22, 2020

Star Wars Battle Bobblers! Like clockwork, Hasbro has new figure concepts that are expressions of characters you know that you like, but not in the format you buy. The big-eyed Battle Bobblers look not unlike the creations of Jim Davis - Garfield and Orson might see these troopers, droids, and aliens as kin.

Toy Fair 2020 - Hasbro Galaxy of Adventures 5-Inch Action Figures

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, February 22, 2020

Galaxy of Adventures! The surprisingly well-made, nicely articulated, and fairly priced line of 5-inch action figures continues alongside the reality of stores phasing the segment out and there being some question as to where you might find it. Hasbro's post-The Rise of Skywalker game is pretty good, focusing on the top-tier characters of today, the classics, and no real cohesion so the toys can pal around terribly well.

Toy Fair 2020 - The Hasbro Star Wars Live Tweetening

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, February 22, 2020

If you go to a good site, they'll no doubt put together great galleries with insightful, useful commentary - but since I was unable to squeeze in most of the areas where the good collector stuff was, we don't have pictures of everything.  I'm working on galleries now of some nifty new toys and we also have a text dump of my tweets from the Hasbro Media Day presentation.

Highlights: Walmart has retro Kenner for The Empire Strikes Back, pretty much a lot of it all leaked early, The Vintage Collection showed 2 figures (one reissue, one resculpt), and while there's a lot of interesting product - in every definition of the word - long-time collectors are unlikely to be feeling that this is Their year, even if it's an diverse batch of stuff. 

Hasbro Renews Disney, Marvel, and yes, Star Wars Licenses

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, February 21, 2020

While there are a lot of product announcements coming up this weekend, only one piece of news really matters.  

And it's a press release. 

Hasbro confirms:   Hasbro and Disney Extend Strategic Merchandising Relationship for Marvel and Star Wars Franchises.   While no date for its end appears in the press release, it does say "The Star Wars license agreement includes the rights to toys and games based on entertainment like Star Wars: The Clone Wars and The Mandalorian, incorporating fan favorite characters such as The Child from The Mandalorian, affectionately known as Baby Yoda. The agreements are multi-year agreements."


Toy Fair 2020 - Trouble: Star Wars The Mandalorian Edition Game

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, February 20, 2020

3756 The Pop-O-Matic die - a classic used in Trouble and Aggrivation, to name a few games - is back with the baby.  The baby will own us al.  Can you keep him out of trouble? No.  But it can be a lot of fun to try.  He'll just eat your pets and then pass out after trying to Force-push the dog out of the house.  Hasbro's corporate-approved news mailing says: