Tired of video previews of action figures that take a whole minute - or worse, several minutes? In the amount of time it would take you to think "yes" to yourself, you could already be watching this Six Second Toy Talk: The Black Series Darth Vader Action Figure video - and almost done with it. Check it out, after the jump.
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It's Q&A time! Let's look at future new line as well as the inevitable demise of some form of figure, eventually. We can also look at big ships that don't meet your expectations, as well as Marvel scale problems because why not.
As always, send in your questions for next time. Read on!
He's good! Ree-Yees is Hasbro's finest work in the field of Gran development. If you need a figure to stand on a Sail Barge or Jabba's Throne Room diorama, there is none better. I assume most readers of this site are not concerned about figures sitting, because trying to make him sit will cause his torso to blow open. (It's easily remedied, like the ball-joint head on most figure necks.) Due to how this figure is likely to perform in your life, this is probably going to have to be rounded up to acceptable as there are no real vehicles for him right now. Is this figure the go-to Ree-Yees you've been waiting for? Yes. But read on anyway for more pictures!
It's Jabba's Skiff Guard! Or Brock Starsher, or Sgt. Doallyn, or whatever - the important thing is that this guy, with this helmet, is now a thing you can actually own. He looks like his cousins from The Legacy Collection and sports 2 neat accessories. Is he exceptional? No. Does it matter? Also no - he's a legit new character, without question, and as such a required addition to your toy shelves. Read on!
As I am lazy and the headline says most of the story, let me just quote this article from the official site regarding the next Star Wars TV show's debut:
"Leading up to its global television debut [with the October 3 telefilm], Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion will be available on Disney Channel SVOD and to verified users beginning Monday, September 29, on WATCHDisneyXD.com and the WATCH Disney XD app."
I expected that Jakks Pacific would hold the crown with a 20- or even 31-inch take on the Bounty Hunter we all love, but no - this was not to be. It turns out that the Comic-Con debut of the Star Wars Boba Fett Life-Size Vintage Kenner Action Figure (pre-order yours, if you dare) takes the cake at 6-feet tall. Gentle Giant makes this figure to sell similarly sized Stormtrooper and Darth Vader action figures. That's 72-inches of your Boba Fettish complete with red rocket, blue blaster, and a display stand. Having seen one up close myself, I can tell you that it's the kind of thing any of us should be so lucky to have in our office.
Almost the greated Darth Vader figure ever conceived is in today's Figure of the Day! The Episode III 2014 incarnation is so, so close - but the head falls off really easily. The bend-and-swivel wrists, rocker ankles, and ball-jointed torso are perfection. The ball-jointed hips? Wonderous. The sculpt is pretty good too - but if you turn the head, the helmet falls right off. Still, diorama fans should snag it and carded fans too. Read on! (Also order yours at Entertainment Earth.)
Let's talk Star Wars Exclusives in Q&A this week! Do you need to buy those new sets at Target? How about Skiff Guards - will Hasbro ever make them all? Why aren't we seeing more Expanded Universe figures - and why are we seeing any when Hasbro says they're off the table? All this and more!
Also Black Series Wave 5 is shipping - want to know the short version on who's good? I've got 'em, so I'll tell you here - be back for more in Figure of the Day later on Monday!
Feel free to send in your questions for next time. Read on!
The Star Wars Command line is, at its core, green army men for Star Wars. This means we get many things that are not green, of an army, or men. The 9-packs of figures at $5-$7 each are pure joy - cheap, good, high-quality figures that are basically 40 years past their prime... but for those who appreciate toys for the sake of toys, they're unfiltered joy.
Bigger sets like Star Wars Rebels Command Millennium Falcon bring more to the table - this one has 33 "pieces", so says the box. What you really get are 6 clear vehicle stands, 6 small vehicles, 2 "sleds" to motorize the vehicles, a pull-back fully-painted Millennium Falcon, and about two dozen monocolor "army men" figures, most of which are from The Empire Strikes Back.
Read on for more! Or don't. Spend your morning working instead, when you could just be looking busy and having a good time. See if I care.
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Let's talk about Star Wars Command. Bad news folks - they're really nice, and you will want some of them. The concept of "green army men" has been a part of toy culture for years - variations on the theme have been in toy shops since 1938. In subsequent years we've seen variations on the theme, like the dinosaurs, aliens, and fantasy heroes put out by Tim Mee toys (reissues of which are on Amazon now) and other creatures sold by the bucket at Toys R Us.
Hasbro even tried a similar product for Star Wars a few years ago with Star Wars Unleashed Battle Packs from 2006 to about 2010 and Fighter Pods from 2012-2013. They were painted and averaged about $2.00-$2.50 per figure. Hasbro's latest offering (in stores and online now) is Star Wars Command, a line of figures measuring a hair over 2-inches tall and about 50 cents or less each. The unpainted figures are quite charming - but should you go get some?
Read on for more! Or don't.
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Welcome to Q&A! We've got quite the mailbag to go through, so let's talk new exclusives - are we buying variations, or a box? Also, the big giant X-Wing - does it do anything other than look cool? All this and more await you in another installment of this impossibly long-running column!
As always, send in your questions for next time. Read on!