Hasbro has increasingly referred to their vehicle-with-figure assortment as "Mini-Rigs," and for a while it seemed baffling why. These vehicles were mostly bikes and guns, not exactly tiny versions of big-screen vehicles or off-camera hardware. Well, we got a couple of samples-- Y-Wing Scout Bomber and a Republic Scout Speeder-- and we will kindly eat our words now. Each vehicle includes an exclusive Clone Trooper figure and includes play features generally unseen in Hasbro's vehicles of this size. They're small, fun, and are arguably more than worth your cash if the word "mini-rig" gets you excited.
UPDATE: Added some notes on weapons storage and compatibility with other large vehicles.
Click through for images and impressions, after the break.
Ad: New stuff from Gentle Giant! Several new Star Wars pre-orders are up right now from Gentle Giant, including the new Tedn Dahai Cantina Band Mini Bust and a huge R2-D2 Monument! What's more, new items from Sucker Punch and a swell new line of Funko Simpsons Figures and Plush are up for pre-order. If that isn't enough, the Gentle Giant Jumbo Kenner Darth Vader and Princess Leia are in stock now! Click through for pricing, pictures, and availability.
While his articulation wasn't perfect, Hasbro did design their first Revenge of the Sith Clone Pilot to be able to sit and fit inside pretty much all the vehicles-- so it's a good toy, but didn't meet the growing standards of collectors. I think it's great-- but will you? Read on!
Repainted about three times inside 2 years, this Anakin Skywalker was the last and arguably best take on the mold. With a swinging arm action and a clone buddy, he was a pretty nifty release-- but do you need him for your collection? Read on!
Does the Star Wars line lack internal toy compatibility? We explore! Will Hasbro make Star Trek 3 3/4-inch figures? We'll explore that too! And are big-box retailers skewering variety? It's entirely possible! At the end I ramble about my just-now-getting Force Unleashed II, so read on!
The new Deluxe Mini Rigs have been spotted at ToysRUs in Chandler AZ for $18.99 each. These include the Republic Scout Speeder with ARF Trooper, Speeder Bike with Castas, Separatist Droid Speeder with Battle Droid, and Attack Cycle with General Grievous. Thanks to Mickey Gunslinger for the news and Happy Hunting!
Dark Horse has plenty in store for October inluding the return of Kir Kanos and the Imperial Guardsmen in the six issue series, Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost !!! Just in time for TPM's anticipated 3D re-rerelease, Episode I Adventures and The Phantom Menace adaption also hits the stands. These titles and much more ahead!
After the runaway success of their wildly popular building sets, video game collaborations and animated shorts, The LEGO Group and Lucasfilm will join forces once again for an all-new adventure – their first-ever original television special. Premiering on Cartoon Network on Friday, July 22 at 7:00 p.m. (ET, PT) in high-definition computer animation, the 30-minute original standalone special – LEGO® Star Wars: The Padawan Menace – will feature the charm, action and irreverent humor that have become the signature style of LEGO Star Wars animation collaborations.
For the second year-in-a-row, actress and HER UNIVERSETM Founder, Ashley Eckstein, will be sponsoring and hosting a very special panel at San Diego Comic Con on Thursday, July 21st from 6pm to 7pm in room 25ABC. Entitled, “Her Universe: What Women Want in Their Female Sci-Fi Heroes,” the panel will feature an all-star group of panelists including Dave Filoni, Supervising Director of Star WarsTM: The Clone Wars.
The Vader Project has been nominated in the category of Most Influential Event by the Designer Toy Awards. You can register and vote now by clicking here! Curated and produced by Dov Kelemer and Sarah Jo Marks of DKE Toys (www.dketoys.com), The Vader Project features 100 of the best underground artists and designers working today. For this unique project, each artist customized a 1:1 scale authentic prop replica of the actual Darth Vader helmet featured in the STAR WARS™ films.
The latest TOY PALACE newsletter include TCW Vehicles Wave 4 and the Unleashed Starkiller 2 Pack Exclusive minibusts from Gentle Giant. Pre-orders are now also being taken for the Star Wars Blueprints book and the C-3PO Life sized bust!
KRE-O Transformers are finally in stock! Pick up these awesome transforming building blocks that will work with other leading brands. New Marvel Universe pre-orders are up as well, which include some new characters and new molds. Check out the Brian's Toys newsletter over at http://www.brianstoys.com/nl
Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about a variety of new arrivals and more cool new preorders. The clearance sale also continues with thousands of items remaining!