HasCon - Star Wars 6-Inch The Black Series Action Figures

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, September 8, 2017

3398 Since a lot just came out, there wasn't a ton of newness in the 6-inch range at HasCon.  Star Wars fans may drool over a Landspeeder prototype, unpainted and marked up with where the paint would go later.  It's gorgeous.  You can also see Snoke plus the Force Friday offerings, after the break.

HasCon - Star Wars 40th Anniversary Collection and The Black Series Diorama-Rama

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, September 8, 2017

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You may have seen this from San Diego Comic-Con, but it was mobbed by people in a tight booth.  At HasCon, there was more space between things, so you don't have to worry about being crushed alive from all sides while trying to look at an action figure.  Also notable, many figures in the diorama were customized and a Luke Stormtrooper has an alternate, wet head.   I was unable to find out if it's coming out or was just a thing for the booth, but the important thing tonight is that you can see it after the jump.

HasCon - Star Wars Vehicles and Creature/Vehicle Sets

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, September 8, 2017

3379 So there aren't any more new vehicles on display, but it's worth noting that the Wampa with Luke Skywalker is sized similarly to the recent Probe Droid with Darth Vader and Bala-Tik with Rathtar - and should be in that same assortment later, you lucky so-and-sos.   I'm happy to see so much new stuff from The Empire Strikes Back, and the Wampa looks nice in particular.  New figure 2-packs, including BB-8's dark friend, are there too.

HasCon - Star Wars Single Figure 3 3/4-Inch Main Line Newness

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, September 8, 2017

3368 Hasbro revealed a few goodies at SDCC already, but there are more items yet to show.  Actually, this might be it for the year - I don't know, given how quickly the Han Solo movie will (allegedly) be released.   The gamut of Force Friday II products were shown, but you've seen and hopefully already bought those.   Here, you'll find new 2-packs, single figures, and newish creatures.   No new vehicles were displayed at this event.

HasCon - Return of Star Wars The Vintage Collection

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, September 8, 2017

3362 While there's not much here you haven't heard of or seen teased, it's worth a look!  The Vintage Collection is back, and an exploded prototype of the Imperial Hover Tank shows an incredibly high piece count for the vehicle, which is sure to have a price to match.  Snoke is here with his gold bathrobe and slippers, and massive head wound, and missing jaw chunk.  Who does he think he is, Karloff?  Read on for more!

HasCon - Star Wars Props on the Show Floor

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, September 8, 2017

3361 HasCon is on in Rhode Island right now - but it's pretty much over for the day at this point.  The morning greeted guests with 90+ minute waits for exclusives, but otherwise fairly few crowds.  Traffic is brisk, seating is plentiful, and it's a genuinely pleasant show to navigate.   And our coverage begins here with shots of some full-size props seen on the show floor.   Toys and more are incoming.  You'll want to keep checking back, particularly if you are on the west coast and bored at work on a Friday afternoon.

HasCon Preview on Twitter - Vintage Collection Snoke?

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, September 8, 2017

You have to squint, but user @maro254 posted a bunch of advance looks at HasCon on Twitter.  Of note was a post showing the Star Wars area with some newness - you can make out the 3 3/4-inch Vintage Hover Tank, a bunch of cardbacks, and what appears to be a 3 3/4-inch vintage Snoke!  Take a look - and we'll have more later.

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,406: Boba Fett (The Last Jedi Line Look)

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, September 8, 2017

It's a new sculpt Boba Fett!  He's based on his The Empire Strikes Back deco, and so far looks pretty great.  He's skinnier than some, with a good helmet and a rocket pack you can mount on his rocket pack.  Check it out - read on!

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,405: C-3PO (The Last Jedi Line Look)

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, September 7, 2017

So, here's C-3PO!  He's new.  It's not obvious.  The pose is different from some recent gold protocol droids, plus he's got that whole Force Link thing on his foot.   As the new line goes, given that he has no accessories, this may be the least interesting new figure.  Still, I bought one.  Why?  Read on!

Toys R Us in TRUble?

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, September 6, 2017

According to CNBC: Toys R Us hires law firm as it explores possible bankruptcy filing.  The toy seller had some restructuring over the past couple of decades while some of its competitors started to loose its shine.   Back in the 1970s and 1980s, Sears and Montgomery Wards were a couple of power players in toys.   They're gone.  Then Kay-Bee and Kmart took over - which are gone, and not doing well, respectively.  

Hopefully it's no big deal, but toys are an increasingly tough sell as the speculator's market of the 1990s is over, modern children move to games faster, and collectors eventually fill their homes. 

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Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,404: Darth Vader (The Last Jedi Line Look)

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, September 6, 2017

It's Star Wars so of course there's a new Darth Vader - this time packaged with the Probe Droid.  It's packed 1 per carton of 4 toys, the other 3 being Rathtars, so these tend to sell out quickly.  Particularly since it's the first new Original Trilogy thing in a while.  Should you get one?  Read on!

Director Colin Trevorrow Out for Episode IX

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Because things are fine, StarWars.com posted A Statement Regarding Star Wars: Episode IX.  Director Colin Trevorrow is out, after directing Jurassic World and Safety Not Guaranteed (largely positive) and the new Book of Henry (largely negative.)  A key quote:

"Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ."

No new director is known, but at this point I'd start putting money in big names and former Lucasfilm collaborators.

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,403: Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master, The Last Jedi Line Look)

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, September 5, 2017

After an absence of new figures for The Force Awakens, the original trilogy's main hero gets not one, but three known 3 3/4-inch scale action figures for The Last Jedi so far!  The Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master) is in stores now and you might even be able to find it at a store near you this week.  Should you track him down?  Read on!

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,402: Bala-Tik (The Last Jedi Line Look)

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, September 4, 2017

Two years later is better than never!   Bala-Tik made it as a pack-in for the just-released-last-weekend Rathtar creature.  He has a blaster and he talks - he also screams.   The design turned out fairly well, and you can probably find him at a store near you as I type this.  Read on!

Q&A: Star Wars - The Last Jedi Launch Edition

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, September 3, 2017

This week in Q&A - HasCon! I'll be there, will you? The 40th Anniversary... was not as crappy as the 20th anniversary line. Prices - why? And Mini Vehicles - are they dead, wrapped in plastic?

And send in your questions for next week. Read on!