One of my favorite collectible companies is Funko - they're famous for Pop! Vinyl right now, but have a rich history of collecitble figures and bobble heads. Their newest gambit: a subscription-based Star Wars Smuggler's Bounty program. Every two months you get a crate of loot, which (if you look at the Marvel ones) include exclusive Pop! Vinyl figures, pins, and t-shirts. You don't get a ton of junk, but you do get some pretty great stuff. Click here to see it - it's about $192 per year shipped in the USA, and the first box has two exclusive figures.
While most figures are sold out in my neck of the woods, if you're lucky enough to stumble on new The Force Awakens action figures you're likely to find Finn. He's one of the new major players in the movie, and like the rest we really don't know all that much about why he's there or what he's going to be doing. It's a decent looking action figure, though. Read on!
The first First Order Stormtrooper has a big gun - other versions are coming, but the figures are generally the same. This one comes with a giant Nerf-like gun, and I quite like it. Will you? Read on!
The First Order TIE Fighter Pilot looks a heck of a lot like the Imperial TIE Fighter Pilot - same basic colors, same basic layout. It's less bulky, though, and other differences make this one an interesting take on the figure we've all crammed in vehicles since the first one in 1982. Read on!
This week in Q&A: Let's talk Droids! Is it time to hit up Disney? Probably. What's up with the Rancor Pit at Toys R Us? Good news, sort of. Also, Midnight Madness - did you go? I was working, so I didn't.
All this and more - or less. So send in your questions for next week. Read on!
A lot of stuff is out already - some of which in small numbers. We scooped together all the information we have to bring you the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Hasbro Action Figure Checklist. In it, you'll find a new definition of suffering as you drive around your city to collect these toys over a thousand years. Names of characters not necessarily in your lexicon may appear and as such, you should sign off the Internet for the next four months if you want to go in to the movie clean - product names are discussed in the checklist after the jump.
They can't all be winners, but this figure is crucial if you want to assemble the Jungle cluster of "Combine Weapons." The Luke Skywalker (Bespin / Jungle, The Force Awakens) is a perfectly nice figure, but a) you probably own it, and b) the backpack isn't enough to make the new, added backpack hole very interesting. It may also amuse you to know that the backpack has more joints than the action figure. Read on!
What's out? What's coming? And where should you be hunting? Right now, it's a little murky - but it looks like no exclusives have really hit except the retail release of the SDCC Rancor Pit set at Toys R Us. A whole smattering of things are coming, and I compiled a list for you. Found something I haven't? Let me know! We'll get it added.
While same figure/different weapons are popping up, so far there's only one 3 3/4-inch Captain Phasma. There's also a 6-inch one - but that's hard to find so far. She's tall, she's silver, but - surprisingly - only her chest is painted. The limbs and head are molded in a silvery plastic. Read on!
Hasbro or not Hasbro? We're still not 100% sure, but we do know that a new Droid Factory Boxed Set has popped up at theme parks and on eBay. Reader Michael passed along the details - $29.95 gets you four droids (a real bargain!) including the first-ever R0-4LO and the first action figure of R5-X3 - this was previously sold as a Tomy RC droid and was slated for the axed Legacy Collection.
Also included are R2-Q2 with a different paint job - seriously, new panels and all - plus the first new R4-I9 since 2002. The box boasts they're from the new movie, but I'm curious to see if this is true.
Hey, it's Captain Phasma! Watch this awesome review, or don't. Get your The Force Awakens stuff at Entertainment Earth.
We still haven't seen everything - but there are many Kylo Ren action figures. Variant accessories may be a thing now, so keep your peepers peeled. This one has a bear trap of sorts, but the figure itself has a great sculpt, good deco, and stands up just fine. It's eight bucks, and you can order it at Entertainment Earth or elsewhere. Read on!
Amazon listed two (so far) new exclusive sets on 9/3. They are:
Star Wars The Force Awakens 3.75-Inch Figure Troop Builder 6-Pack - actually has 7 figures. Captain Phasma is joined by uniquely armored Stormtroopers and Snowtroopers. The fact that it is not actually a six pack once again robs me of Black Flag jokes.
Star Wars The Black Series 6-Inch Stormtrooper 4-Pack - This is the rumored "evolution" set. Each figure is unique - Stormtrooper has dirty deco, Episode 7 Stormtrooper has a unique pauldron, the Episode III Clone Trooper debuts in this set, and the AOTC yellow Clone Captain is new.