The Phantom Menace is returning to theaters and the Star Wars marketing machine is partying like it’s 1999! Puzzles, 3-D glasses, notebooks, coloring books, and more is hitting shelves to tie into the theatrical release hype. And with Valentine’s Day coming a few short days after The Phantom Menace’s release, the Valentine’s Day Star Wars items have exploded all over the Target holiday aisle. Classroom Valentine sets, boxes of chocolates, candies in steins, plushies, teddy bears, and so much more, we run it all down on this week’s Star Wars Action News!
This ARC Trooper figure from 2005 is incredibly cheap, and Hasbro's most Fordo-y ARC Trooper. If you can't afford it on eBay, odds are you can't afford internet access. Take advantage of the down market and get one. Read on, too!
Is there a master list of what to expect in stores today? No, and it's not like it wasn't in stores three weeks ago either. Which Darth Maul is best to use with the most vehicles? Does Ratts Tyerell share parts with Tsui Choi? All this and more-- or less-- when you read this week's thrilling new installment of Q&A!
A preview of this Friday's next Clone Wars episode #4.17: The Box, is now online with video and images. The disguised Obi-Wan accompanies Cad Bane and Moralo Eval to Serenno, where they enlist in a brutal competition with other bounty hunters from around the galaxy to determine who will participate in a plot to kidnap the Chancellor.
Walmart appears to be the retailer of choice for exclusives in 2012 with their "Discover The Force" campaign. Each Hasbro Star Wars merchandise includes a pair of 3D glasses and a 3D image on the packaging to share the concept with the TPM re-rerelease. The Royal Starship Droids aren't entirely new but it is a great Battle Pack that evokes one of my favorite scenes in the film which re-introduces R2-D2 as always saving the day.
Best known to American audiences as Elaine's boss Mr. Pitt on the long-running sitcom Seinfeld, English actor Ian Abercrombie was reported dead today at 77.
The guys at Rebelscum have posted some fantastic photos of the new Movie Heroes Wave II. These have reportedly been found in Canada, thus the variant cardbacks. A few quick hit observations are the great facial likenesses of Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, Anakin grew a few inches since becoming a Padawan, and the light up sabers look absolutely stunning. Click here for their gallery!
ToysRUs is having a massive sale both online and in their stores just in time for that theoretical January 30th street date. Action Figures are buy 2 get 1 FREE, buy 1 get 1 50% of on Transformers, $21.99 on Titanium, and a FREE LEGO Anakin Podracer with a purchase of $20 or more. Click here to shop!
The Target exclusive Evolutions Light Movie Heroes The Rise of Darth Vader and Emergence of the Sith 2 Packs are now out. The retail is $14.99 each and the DPCI is 087060121.
At a short glance, all four figures appear to be re-issues with slight paint modifications. Happy Hunting!
On your weekend hunt (and if you're not, you should because stuff is out and the time is NOW), keep an eye out for the 2 Movie Heroes Battle Droid variations. One is the Episode I Naboo version (cream) and the other is Episode II Geonosis red. Both are available on the pegs but it appears the red one is more available for now.
January 30th is only a few days away and ToysRUs stores are busy setting up their new The Phantom Menace 3D Feature Shop this weekend. While there sadly wasn't the traditional Midnight Madness, the stores are putting out merchandise en masse including all 2012 Hasbro and LEGO product.
As we reported earlier, the new Titanium 3 Packs were found in Walmart for an astounding $29.96 each. This is almost a $3 upcharge for each vehicle from what they originally retailed in 2009.
Check out the super rare Vintage AFA over at Brian's Toys! An unproduced vintage 12" Leia in Arctic Outfit is graded a 90 is worth a viewing, but is waiting on a serious collector. Also available are is a rare GI Joe Storm Shadow AFA 85 and a Jawa Sandcrawler AFA 80.
While I personally hate the "I watch Super Bowl for the commercials, wink" nonsense, I am extremely interested in a new ad from Volkswagen. The Germans have made a new ad in the Cantina, which is exciting. It stars Snaggletooth, or Zutton to anyone from the more modern era of character names. It also has the Tonnika sisters. (Are you reading this, Hasbro?)