Irvin Kershner, the much praised director of The Empire Strikes Back, passed today at 87 years old. Star Wars fans know well the important role of the man behind the vision of what is almost universally regarded as the best of the six Star Wars films. May you be one with The Force, Kersh. Read the full story here.
This Clone Trooper mold was part of an immensely popular Entertainment Earth exclusive in 2005 and was later re-released for the TAC Saga Legends assortment in 2007. He's not a bad EP2 (Phase II) clone to build troops if you're inclined to do so, especially with all the 2 fers and BOGO's being promoted at your favorite retailer this holiday season.
So really, should you expect a Rebel Transport vehicle any time soon? And how long do mail-in figures take to arrive? And what is up with the Hasbro vintage cardback design team? All this and more, including Hutts, in this week's Q&A!
First released as an Episode III Sneak Preview figure, this version of General Grievous has been repacked so many times we lost count. The cape was switched from white to grey and an electrostaff added in 2006 for The Saga Collection, but everything else, save some slight deco changes, remains the same. You can also pick up this Grievous in the just released Battle of Utapau Battlepack if you haven't had enough of him.
Stock up on your gift giving, Toys for Tots donations, or get your collection caught up as ToysRUs stores and online are having a 2 for $9.99 Star Wars basic action figure sale. This sale unfortunately does not include The Vintage Collection figures.
Reader David pointed us out to "Astromech Arithmetic" which is essentially his visual checklist of pretty much every variation on the R2-D2 body type since 1978. There's a lot of R2-D2s here, including the two silver ones, the McQuarrie version, and, of course, all the other droids. Check it out!
The Vintage Kenner Star Wars 3-Packs are some of the most rare and difficult action toy collectibles to track down, let alone compile a complete set. To commemorate Empire's 30th anniversary, Hasbro teams up with Target to produce 3 packs within a 3 pack and reproduces the classic Kenner packaging that sends wings aflutter for many who love the nostalgia and design of the black and silver piping as well as that Kenner logo.
Saga Legends parties like it's 1999 with this repacked version of Darth Maul. First released for The Episode I assortment as part of the Sith Speeder and Darth Maul deluxe vehicle set, the figure was also repacked as part of 2007's Saga Legends. Why the affinity for this particular figure? Beats us. We can think of a couple of other versions of Maul that would be a little bit more worthy of a $7-$8 pricepoint. As it stands, this figure is a fine example of another era. While we miss the novelty of Commtech Chips, let's leave this figure to that era.
Behold, a sign of a figure to come! Hasbro's Imperial Scanning Crew figures were meant to include a running change with an alternate accessory and different head sculpt. This didn't happen-- and for all we know, it won't happen. But how is the original? Read on!
It's hard to believe that it's been four years since this figure's release and she's definitely due for an upgrade given what Hasbro's recently achieved with the likeness and articulation of The Vintage Collection Hoth Leia. Those swivel jointed elbows can certainly be updated with discreet ball joints and all will be right with the world.
Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about ourbiggest sale of the year, more new arrivals and more cool new preorders.
Saga Legends 05 Jango Fett saw a running change from the 2002 pre-posed Kamino Escape version to the slightly improved and more feature rich TAC iteration from 2007, which actually matches the product photo on the cardback. While neither version is perfect, we're hoping it will soon be a study in an almost decade long evolution once the new Vintage Collection figure is released. You've come a long way Hasbro.
Have another Clone Commander but this time, from Bantha Squad! Hasbro's creative use of paint and parts-swapping resulted in this nifty character, which we posed on a Playmobil backdrop. That thing's great. So is the figure. Read on!
Galactic Hunter wishes you and yours a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
It appears Hasbro made a paint modification for the Vintage Collection 09 Boba Fett for more character accuracy. The latest figures shipping with the Return of the Jedi wave has paint changes in the helmet, from a green outline on the cheek to black, and the blaster tip has changed from silver to black. There are also hue changes in the armor, specifically on the shoulder and knees. Finally, Fett's boots also has an altered paint scheme.