Disney's first foray into the galaxy far, far away hasn't even had its proper premiere, but Star Wars Rebels has been picked up for a second season. The wacky adventures of Ezra in McQuarrieland begin airing tomorrow night, if you didn't catch the early streaming, the show is one of the most gorgeous takes on McQuarrie's artwork you'll ever see - and we'll be writing all about it in Galactic Hunter Video Theater in the next couple of days.
Let's talk Vehicles in Q&A! I like them. And so do you, because I got a couple of similar questions and posted them both to clear out my mailbag. Let's also talk licensing and how Disney is really getting in to bed with Hasbro over the princesses and Frozen this week. It's license musical chairs time again! Oh, and there's a really short video of the new Transformers Generations Leader Jetfire at the bottom. It's cool. You'll like it.
As always, send in your questions for next time. My mailbag is empty. Read on!
If you already have cable, you can potentially sign in at http://watchdisneyxd.go.com and watch the premiere Star Wars Rebels movie "Spark of Rebellion" right now. It's about 43 minutes of McQuarrie art brought to life with a strong sense of deja vu for long-time fans. We, of course, will be presenting you with it in Galactic Hunter Video Theater after it airs on TV next week unless y'all are cool with spoilers early, in which case, do let me know and it'll get posted sooner.
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Let's talk Q&A - it is Monday, after all! We'll explore Hasbro and Marvel, and what that may mean for future movie toys - if anything. Old Black Series is showing up at Walmart for the first time - is the world coming to an end? Also newness is awesome - and the best days of the 3 3/4-inch size as a concept (and not just in Star Wars) may be behind us.
As always, send in your questions for next time. Read on!
Steven Anne is the toy buyer for Walgreens, and on Twitter he confirms solid cases of 8 Concept Armor Boba Fetts are coming in November. The 6-inch Black Series action figure is in circulation now, potentially mixed with other Star Wars characters like Luke, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, and a redeco Sandtrooper which should be in stores elsewhere real soon. He writes:
Toys R Us' new Hasbro exclusive Star Wars Rebels Mission Series The Ghost action figure set is making the rounds for $19.99 a pop if you can find it. (My closest store doesn't seem to have any yet.) In it, you get Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger - which may be identical to the single-carded versions, we'll see - plus an exclusive holographic Obi-Wan Kenobi. It's quite nice. I have 3 short videos (one for each) after the break.
Toys R Us' new Star Wars resets are giving both sides of an aisle over to the space opera, providing close to Episode I-levels of real estate devoted to our favorite toy line during a period where, frankly, that's just confusing. But the advantage here is there's a lot of room to fill and the Star Wars Hot Wheels Death Star Battle Blast is in stores now. It's $14.99, has an X-Wing car, and... that's about it, really. See the image I took with a Nintendo 2DS, after the jump.
Because we're well past the point where making "Better than Ezra" jokes are funny, let's just say that Hasbro's Ezra Bridger turned out quite nicely. There's a lot of deco and fun details on a figure with only 5 points of articulation. There's also no gun, no lightsaber, not a single luxury. Like Robinson Crusoe, it's just a helmet. Read on!
It's time! Pre-order a Star Wars Saga Legends Action Figures Wave 4 Case right now and get the first 6 animated figures from Rebels as well as 3 of the Canada-only Saga Legends movie figures from this past summer. 3 returning favorites are on deck too, all in new packaging!
Pre-order yours today - Chopper, Ezra, Kallus, Kanan, the Stormtrooper, and the rest are all due soon.
Unless there are running changes we don't know about, there should be three versions of this Kanan Jarrus in circulation before Thanksgiving. One is in the Toys R Us exclusive 3-pack, another is packaged with the Phantom at Target, and the third is individually carded in the Saga Legends assortment. It's a nice figure - good sculpt, clean deco, and it stands nicely too. Read on!
For the first time in years, I'm actually really pleased with a holographic figure! Obi-Wan Kenobi is exclusive to Toys R Us and started showing up in my neck of the woods over the weekend. The set has 3 figures and is $19.99, and is arguably worth the asking price. He has one point of articulation - and I'm scratching my head to name another full-size 3 3/4-inch humanoid Star Wars figure with only one joint - with a really wonderful sculpt and pose. And he's hollow. Read on!
Let's talk new characters in this week's Q&A! Each new one is a big cause to celebrate. Let's also talk fresh faces - they bring new newness all over! We'll look at big giant new figures, too - how do they stack up against smaller pocket-sized counterparts?
As always, send in your questions for next time. Read on!
What I presume are Star Wars Rebels spoilers await you - as well as new themes like the return of classic Pirates, new Elves, Bionicle, and returning favorites can be found on this page on Imgur. New LEGO Microfighters, small vehicles, and absolutely nothing from the new movie awaits you. Click here - or better yet, don't, as some of the sets are unfinished designs.
Despite having just reset recently, Toys R Us stores are re-resetting with a new area filled with Marvel and Star Wars - Hasbro and LEGO mixed - near their usual spot in the stores. New toys are hitting right now, including the Mission Series: The Ghost set pictured here. The Ezra Bridger and Kanan Jarrus figures are assumed similar (if not identical) to the regular releases, but you'll note that there's a blacked-out window there for a third figure.