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Sponsor Entertainment Earth revealed over 60 new figures for the upcoming Funko ReAction line, which aims to give you Kenner Star Warsy figures of hit movies. Many have pictures - check out Terminator, Predator, The Rocketeer, Nightmare Before Christmas, and more after the break. Stay tuned for Pulp Fiction, Goonies, Universal Monsters, and yes, many more. (No Star Wars yet.)
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If you have an Apple touch screen gizmo, LEGO Star Wars Microfighters is up for grabs. 99 cents gets you the game, and the toys are coming sooner or later. They're on Amazon and are crazy expensive right now.
Due to unexpected pet-related emergencies, Galactic Hunter's Q&A is on hiatus and will be back after Toy Fair. Please read previous columns, or send in some new questions for our return. I'll do my best to have this one up again soon.
After the success of William Shakespeare's Star Wars, it's only sensible that The Empire Striketh Back and The Jedi Doth Return would follow. The retro sequels are due in book stores (or on Amazon) in March and June, respectively. Just in time for Spring Break and summer reading seasons!
In 2005 we met the Chopper Droid, and a few years later we met Chopper the Clone Trooper. Now meet Chopper the Astromech Droid, new for this year's upcoming animated Star Wars Rebels. Based on Ralph McQuarrie's concept R2-D2, the little guy will also be an action figure later this year. Click here for more - he's hidden in the gallery.
While not exactly official toys, it's worth noting that the Super Sucklord's S.U.C.K.L.E. Figures are arriving if you pledged to his Kickstarter. Distributed by DKE Toys, sculpted by George "OMFG" Gaspar, and based on various bootlegs made by the Sucklord, these may be the feelgood weirdo toy of the season. If you like the idea of Chippendale Stormtroopers or Boba Fett helmets on guys in suits, you're going to want to see these.
Let's talk about in-store displays. Also the lack of 6-inch clones so far - and my ambivalence toward the upcoming sequel film as a means to an end. We'll also look at vehicles, and please send in questions for next weeK. That's all I got for the introduction, so read on!
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Because I've never seen a link on another site that wasn't too good to repost, check out Boutros77's Cantina Diorama Gallery on Flickr. Dozens of 3 3/4-inch scale shots of various figures in a diorama setting that's, frankly, too good for someone not to mass produce. Be sure to check this one out.
Further proving that the "rumor" list wasn't a rumor list, Andrew's Toyz posted shots of Mission Series Utapau and Mission Series Bespin to Facebook. The good news for newcomers is that these are great-looking figures. For those of us who have been here, it seems Obi-Wan Kenobi may be the same as the single-carded figure, and Darth Vader appears to be a repack of last year's Mission Star Destroyer. On the bright side, there's a new Bespin Luke and General Grievous in here.
On Flickr, Avanaut's Star Wars Scale Model Project shows off the photography (and modeling) skills of one Vesa Lehtimäki. This talented artisan has incredible outdoor photos with skillfully built and lit MPC models from the 1980s.
Let's talk about reissues - not the ones you're getting, but the ones you want. Let's also talk droid display options - becuse we need more. And Star Wars: Rebels figures, about which we know pretty much nothing. We've got more, and we'll have more next week - send in your questions, and read on!
It's hiatus time again! But first - meet Merumeru, a Wookiee warrior that is a stunningly great improvement over previous Wookiee warriors. At first glance I thought it was a tweaked version of a previous figure, but I was wrong! It's really good. Go get one. Read on.