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Walmart.com Lists Imaginext Darth Vader

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, March 7, 2024

The rumors are true - maybe! Walmart posted a listing for a Imaginext STAR WARS Darth Vader Bot 2 Ft Toy Lights Sounds Stormtrooper Diecast Character Key, meaning that two of my favorite things are coming together - Star Wars and Imaginext from Fisher-Price/Mattel. (Could Playmobil be next? I can dream.) A second set is making the rounds on some image servers, and that's a giant R2-D2 with a die-cast metal C-3PO figure. Now if you're paying attention, you'll note a pattern is emerging.

(Oh, and that's an affiliate link, so go ahead and buy something after clicking it and we might get a tiny kickback from the sale(s) to support the site. Please and thank you.)

So far, the leaks have resulted in a giant R2-D2 (with a non-specific playset environment that you could squint and see as a Death Star or Blockade Runner) and a giant Darth Vader (with no obvious playset landmarks) at very high price points. As I write this I haven't heard anything about these through official channels, so I'm just speculating here - but this could be the result of licensing demands, so as not to step on Hasbro's feet.  Historically Imaginext has had single figures, blind-bag figures, 2-packs, small vehicles, medium playsets, and sometimes gargantuan toys as big as a coffee table.   It's the real deal, and you'll probably find some of them at your local Goodwill on the cheap.

Imaginext toys have been around for over 20 years, and have slowly exited most toy aisles - there used to be a big section at Kohl's, Toy R Us had a massive aisle. Right now the line has what's left of Lightyear (on clearance somewhere near you, but good toys), Batman/DC, and Jurassic World. Some non-licensed items also may be out there still, but again, distribution in American stores has been lousy for the last year. I have no idea what exactly we'll see from this line, but so far, we know two things: it's expensive, and it's proof that someone out there believes in playsets and action features in toys, made for kids, again.


ICYMI: Hasbro Pulse Has Star Wars The Vintage Collection Boba Fett’s Throne Room In Stock

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, January 26, 2024

I was talking with a friend over email and it came up that nobody was talking about the Star Wars The Vintage Collection Boba Fett’s Throne Room, which came out last September and Hasbro Pulse has in stock right now for $229.99.   I took some pictures of it for our Tumblr as well, outfitting it with various aliens from Return of the Jedi over the last 46 years of toys.

It's a pretty good piece.  I haven't opened up all of the accessories still, mostly because I was less interested in setting up The Book of Boba Fett gear.  Why? Not enough figures.  Hasbro delivered a really excellent multi-purpose playset that can be used with either that show or Return of the Jedi, but as they didn't deliver many of the lesser members of Boba Fett's entourage... why would you want a $230 playset to sit empty?

New & Revised Custom Playsets from Orbitdyne

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, November 20, 2023

Friend of the site and of the guy who makes the set Seth Longmore makes a lot of really cool things - you can see them on his Etsy store. Two items of interest to you, and I think he just has one left of each right now, are a Deluxe Space Bar - Custom 3 3/4" Action Figure Playset (revised, with interior lighting, glow-in-the-dark parts, and a bandstand) as well as the nicely painted Sci Fi Adobe Hut A - Custom 3 3/4" Action Figure Playset Printable Scenery with opening lid and room for figures inside. I'd say "makes a great gift," but let's be honest, you'll want to keep these. I have one of his early Space Bar prototypes and love it.

He even takes some requests. (Well, I'm saying he does, let's see if he does.) Click here to see his playsets and some customized figures.

Re-Restock of Orbitdyne Space Bar Deluxe Cantina-Ish Playset

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, April 1, 2023

After selling out a few times, the generously sized and designed-for-a-DETOLF case Prototype Deluxe Space Bar - Custom 3 3/4" Action Figure Playset is back in stock at the Orbitdyne Etsy page.  It lights up, with glow-in-the-dark elements and it's a good fit for retro figures but also works nicely with modern ones.  Click here to buy it if it hasn't yet sold through.

It's a 3-D printed item that is several elements you align and enjoy. It's a great display piece that seems to get the job done, and that job is making sure your figures look like they're doing something other than stand around waiting for you to play with them. It's great.

Restock of Orbitdyne Space Bar Cantina-Ish Playsets

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, February 25, 2023

The Orbtidyne Shop on Etsy has restock with the orange mini Space Bar playset as well as new brown and blue versions! A deluxe light-up version with seats, doors, and more sold out before I could get this post made. Click here to check availability of the other sets - they're nice additions to a Kenner or retro figure collection shelf.

Cool Custom Bar for Retro Action Figures (and old ones)

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, January 21, 2023

UPDATE: It sold out.

Your pal and mine Seth Longmire has been working on some fun retro-style 3 3/4-inch playsets to go with the myriad retro, old, vintage, indie, and other action figures we all own. His PROTOTYPE Mini Space Bar - Custom 3 3/4" Action Figure Playset is up on Etsy now - it's orange and should fit pretty much any old-school 3 3/4-inch Kenner style figure. There's no Kenner-flavored Wuher to be had, but surely Guinan needs to do something between tours of duty. Check availability here - also a bigger, more luxe version is on the way.

Custom Development 3-D Printed Spacebar - A Much Bigger Retro Cantina

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Over at Orbitdyne, Making a Cantina - Part II shows a much larger, more robust set with booths, a full bar, glow-in-the-dark elements, and electronic internal lights. And a sticker door. It's incredible - and you should check it out.

Custom: 3-D Printed Spacebar Is Like the Cantina, But Not

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Friend of the site Seth Longmire has been working on a 3 3/4-inch scale bar for action figures that's a mix of old 1970s colors and modern 2020 production techniques. You can read about it at Making a Cantina - Part 1 where the orange 3-D printed prototype can be seen.

I've seen a bit more of this item's progress and I can tell you it's pretty spectacular, and designed to fit in a DETOLF (so far.) You'll want to keep an eye on this one if you have a lot of properly scaled action figures. And if you don't, there have been some really good ones lately.

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By Adam Pawlus — Friday, October 22, 2021

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43 Years Later, Star Wars' First Vehicle Gets a Playset with the Tantive IV

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, August 23, 2020

3852 This is an interesting one.  Hasbro's Tantive IV playset is a big hallway that can connect with itself so you can expand and make a whole ship - but sadly, there's no actual ship to be had.   There are opening doors and a reissue of the previously released The Vintage Collection Rebel Fleet Trooper with requisite changes, but that's a good thing.  You'll probably want 2-3 of these when they come out very early next year.

It'll be $49.99.  You can order yours at Entertainment Earth, and also Amazon... or the toy sellers that don't kick us back a few pennies or dollars when you click those links and place an order.  So we suggest those links.  It's called bias.

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.

Toy Fair 2019 - Hasbro Star Wars The Vintage Collection

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, February 16, 2019

Playsets! Vehicles! Reissues! Retools!  Hasbro takes you on a rollercoaster of love for the first 30 minutes of Return of the Jedi in The Vintage Collection this year. Exclusives are coming - some presoldout out before the official announcement - so buckle up for a fascinating and frustrating year!

Walmart.com Adds Solo: A Star Wars Story Force Link 2.0 Kessel Mine Escape Walmart Exclusive Playset

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, December 3, 2018

What's mine is yours!  The long-delayed Solo: A Star Wars Story Force Link 2.0 Kessel Mine Escape Walmart Exclusive Playset is now up on Walmart.com for a cheaper-than-anticipated $39.88.  You can order it, it may not be in your area just yet.  Click here to check availability.

Target's Solo: A Star Wars Story Force Link 2.0 Vandor-1 Heist Target Exclusive Playset Out Now

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, August 5, 2018

While they showed up last week, fans who found it were denied at check-out.  The embargo on the Solo: A Star Wars Story Force Link 2.0 Vandor-1 Heist was lifted early on Sunday, so now if you want one you can get it for $44.99.   For your handy-dandy toy locating, mark down DPCI 087-16-0136 when hunting to verify if one is near you.

SDCC Solo: A Star Wars Playset from Hasbro

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, July 21, 2018

3624 That's not a typo.  It's really happening.

For years, fans have been clamoring for playsets from Hasbro - ever since we got the Cantina and Jabba's Palace dioramas around 1997 and 1998, I've been a pest about more flat, simple environments.   Weirdly, we're getting one from Solo: A Star Wars Story of Vandor-1.   It's about $40, has a few plastic elements, and includes another flavor of Chewbacca. 

While you may disagree - and you would be wrong - this is one of the most significant announcements in quite some time.  Hasbro hasn't made an item that's just an environment - not an environment tucked in a vehicle - in about a decade when it comes to the 3 3/4-inch scale.   It looks weirdly retro with plastic doors and other bits, so I can't wait to get my hands on one when it comes out.  Hopefully in September, to coincide with the home video releases.