This past Sunday the Toy Man Toy Show was held in St. Louis and Marjorie and Arnie were on hand to report, and to shop! On this week's podcast they discuss the new vintage and vintage vintage items they found at the con, including a Return of the Jedi pop-up book and a deleted scene Luke Skywalker figure.
Despite lingering stock of Movie Heroes Wave 1 and Clone Wars re-issues, we found the second wave of Movie Heroes featuring mostly new or "newish" figures, particularly the awesome new Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi with Light Up Lightsabers.
The Genndy Tartavosky animated series from 2003 has spawned a great sub set of collectible maquettes by Gentle Giant, and Entertainment Earth's exclusive Princess Leia as the bounty hunter Boussh is another great addition. This 10 inch tall rendition of the princess as re-imagined if she were in the style of the cartoon is nicely designed, sexy, but sort of fragile.
So, Astromech Droid Packs! Can you expect more? Take a guess. What's with Nien Nunb and his height issues? Does it bother me to be so wrong even when I'm right? Absolutely it does. And is that new Jar Jar Binks in Carbonite a figure or an accessory? Let's ask Mr. Owl in this week's Q&A!
There's certainly been a disturbance in The Force the last few days with the passing of the legendary Ralph McQuarrie, Hasbro announcing a reduction in force of 170 employees, and Curto moving on. The store activity has also lulled, save for the recent Walmart markdowns. This week starts with a new TRU BOGO offer and hunting for some good online deals.
Originally planned for release in a different color scheme last year and packed with an Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Attack Recon Fighter now includes an all new Anakin Skywalker.
While there wasn't really much originality or excitement from collectors for the re-issued first wave of Class I Fleet Vehicles, the second wave are new and pretty fantastic, starting with this Republic Assault Submarine. It's got great features, an all new Scuba Trooper, and transforming attack mode.
From our sponsors at Brians Toys: The next wave of Vintage-Style figures is now available for pre-order. Place your pre-order for the long awaited Nom Anor, Aayla Secura, Luke Hoth, and more!
This Clone Trooper is orange, and is one of many fine Vintage figures you may have missed. The deco isn't as good as the 2006 version, but the articulation is way better. So you'll need both. Read on, and vote in the new poll!
The end of an era is upon us as a collecting community. Dan Curto has announced on his Facebook page today that he is no longer with Rebelscum. Dan's passion, tireless energy, and love for the hobby has created the most prolific Star Wars photo archive on the net and played a huge part in making Rebelscum what is today. While he will certainly be missed, his talent and drive won't be easy to contain and we look forward to his next project. Thanks for all your hard work, efforts and contributions Dan! Collecting News will not be the same without you (at least temporarily, we imagine.). May The Force Be With You, Always.
Our sponsors at BigBadToyStore.com have lsted pre-orders for the latest upcoming waves of Star Wars action figures from the Vintage, Clone Wars, and Movie Heroes assortments.
It's not every day that we get a requested Rebel pilot, and Ekelarc Yong was surprising. Not that Hasbro made him, but that Lucasfilm named him that. I don't know how to pronounce the first name, but is it a good figure? Read on!
A preview of this Friday's next Clone Wars episode #4.21: Brothers, is now online with video and images. The dark warrior Savage Opress is on a quest to find his long-lost brother. Could Darth Maul truly be alive, after more than a decade since his gruesome bisection at the blade of Obi-Wan Kenobi? Savage voyages into the depths of a twisted planet to find whatever became of the fallen Sith Lord.