Do you need the Rebels version of R2-D2? No. It's a brand-new sculpt and actually looks a lot like the movie version, but it's so gosh darned close that you wouldn't miss it if you missed it. Click here to read on and see more, including comparisons with the recent movie Mission Series version.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is your Christmas present in 2015 - the movie just wrapped principal photography today and will, supposedly, be in theaters in about a year and a month. The previously-christened Episode VII has a few updates at StarWars.com, which you can read at your leisure.
Also smile to yourself and enjoy that the abbreviation for this movie is "TFA," which just plain makes me happy.
Today in Figure of the Day: Star Wars Rebels Stormtrooper! It's a 5-jointed, exaggerated, 3 3/4-inch action figure with a gun. It's pretty neat - I saw this wave at Target over lunch today, so I can say they're making the rounds right now, which I didn't see prior to writing and posting all these reviews. That's what I get. Anyway, read on!
Here's another neat one - C-3PO from Star Wars Rebels is today's Figure of the Day! It hits most of the buttons for being a good toy (it can sit!), with a little more attention needed on the face paint. I still like it - will you? Read on!
Figure of the Day returns with R5-G19! The venerable build-a-droid R5 mold returns and while we've had many robots over the last few years, this is a new one from Return of the Jedi. The robot on the back of the package is a different design than the actual figure, so it's pretty exciting to see another possible figure in the future, maybe, who knows. Want to know more? Read on!
The pace of Star Wars Rebels continues to ramp up with "Breaking Ranks," an entertaining but still unfortunately small-scale tale of the Vader Youth. We get a couple of stock Imperial officers (plus a couple of returning faces), a group of kids, and a relatively familiar plot that (I hope) sets up an arc for the future.
You get a few seconds of the Inquisitor, a few new faces, and the first indication of a solid missed opportunity in the action figure line. Read on for more!
Welcome to Q&A! Let's talk Kickstarting your own action figure line - how close to the line can you go before people start getting angry? And let's also talk full-size helmets from Hasbro - are they a thing of the past? All this and Black Series 3 3/4-inch speculation plus yammering about a brand-new 48-inch $70 action figure at a store near you await you in this ornery post-Halloween-sugar-crash edition of the internet's only Q&A column!
As always, send in your questions for next time. Read on!
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Now this is a bit better. In "Rise of the Old Masters," Star Wars Rebels gives us no rising and only one master. It also ties in perfectly with the bonus scene featuring Darth Vader, and aligns nicely with this week's Halloween holiday. You get some cool cameos, but still a very sparse episode - it is, however, more fun to watch and a little ghoulish to dwell upon.
Spoilers await you after the break, but let me tell you this: you get to se a new villain in action, a possible new recurring character voiced by a Star Trek alumnus, and the Phantom in action. Read on for more!
Shut up and eat your Q&A! This week: let's talk semantics. What is Hasbro really celebrating with its action figures this year? It's such a scream. And ReAction - you kids love this stuff, but how much more Alien can we hope for? Or will we just get bored and bury it under dirt in the ground? And finally, I'll shoot the moon with 2015 and the recent Toys R Us Walter White vs. Florida Mom Kerfuffle? Don't make this the part you throw away. If you're into toy stuff, it's your lucky day - so heave away!
As always, send in your questions for next time. Read on!
A very McQuarrieish Darth Vader's disembodied helmet floats above the Inquisitor in a Star Wars Rebels scene airing on ABC earlier tonight. In it, exposition takes place. Did you miss it? We embedded a crude copy of the 1-minute sequence from the YouTubes after the break.
As Fake Shemp was unavailable, James Earl Jones will voice Darth Vader on en encore of Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion airing on ABC Sunday before the Disney Princess Live Action Mom Placation Hour. (You can read our review of the original DisneyXD airing here.)
Star Wars Rebels goes back to square one, and gives us a shopping trip in Fighter Flight. In case you forgot you were watching a kid's show that isn't exactly being given a ton of thought, well, here we are. The good guys go grocery shopping and come home with a new toy. And you'll see some old toys off in the distance.
Bringing things back to the Star Trek spin-offs, Rebels is somewhat consistent. The first seasons of those shows had some pretty bumpy times as we watched Tom Paris and Harry Kim hang out. Zeb and Ezra are this show's bickering buddies, and their rivalry continues with a trip to go do the shopping.