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New York Toy Fair 2021 Delayed

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, August 28, 2020

3857 Via the Toy Association: President’s Letter: Toy Fair Dallas and Toy Fair New York Postponed.In short, February's annual New York Toy Fair, which has been held for over a century, is not happening in February. They're optimistically looking to reschedule at some point in spring 2021, but to quote them:

Toy Fair 2020 - Star Wars from Diamond Select Toys, or Gentle Giant if You Prefer

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, February 22, 2020

Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant! Diamond Select Toys is embracing and adopting the Gentle Giant house style. Busts from Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars include familiar black display stands, while one thing that's very familiar - the Gentle Giant brand name - seems to be disappearing. There are still plenty of awesome statues for most price ranges, including Luke Skywalker looking wistfully at the sunset and a preposterously huge $600 retail Darth Vader on Cloud City. It's him about to tell Luke about his parentage. You know the scene.

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. 

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:

Toy Fair 2020 - Star Wars The Mandalorian Darksaber Electronic Lightsaber

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, February 20, 2020

3755 In "toys I never thought we'd see" news, here's Star Wars The Mandalorian Darksaber Electronic Lightsaber toy.  It appears in all the very best modern-era television projects and has been owned by several characters - most of which are pretty cool.   Hasbro's copy block says:

Toy Fair 2019 - Hasbro Star Wars: The Retro Collection

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, February 16, 2019

Star Wars goes Kenner! Six reissues and one new vintage-style "ReAction"-esque figure are seemingly exclusive to Target, and of course sold out preorders in seconds. Hopefully Target and Hasbro don't pull a Spinosaurus and keep them coming all year long!

Toy Fair 2019 - Hasbro Star Wars: The Black Series

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, February 16, 2019

Star Wars: The Black Series! The 6-inch line showed very little you hadn't seen (or seen hinted at) before. The presentation had Doctor Aphra and her droids, plus the previously seen Chopper and Ezra Bridger. More surprising were 20th Anniversary Episode I "vintage" packaging for Celebration in Chicago.

Toy Fair 2019 - Hasbro Gets Hyperreal

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, February 16, 2019

Star Wars gets too real! $80 for Hasbro's most decked-out Darth Vader ever. A metal skeleton boasting more articulation than ever before inside a soft rubber skin makes one wonder what that means for long-term viability, but the A+ deco and optional hands might make you just buy it anyway.