A few of you have commented on our recent coverage of not-necessarily-licensed collectibles, and to this I say: Check out the Star Wars Han Solo in Carbonite Light Switch on Etsy. If this doesn't make you smile, you're dead inside and dead to me.
Good Q&A Morning! Sort of. My air conditioner died! But this is not the issue of the day - lists of upcoming figures is where we kick off, followed by the return of 12-inch figures in various forms and new versions of old vehicles. All this and more await you in the delightful, splendiferous weekly Q&A! As always, feel free to send in your questions for next time.
OK toy fans - the pre-orders are live and the release date for Star Wars: The Black Series is coming up pretty quickly. We have a question for you, specifically we'd love to know how you would prefer to see the figures reviewed on this very site when we find/obtain/do not steal our review samples! Your input is very much appreciated.
The poll will allow you to vote for more than one option - so if there are two you would like, by all means, go for it. We haven't decided what direction to take for these just yet, and are really curious what the collectors of 2013 want the most. (We opted to not include a longer video option, because, let's face it, nobody needs 10 minutes to review 1 figure if Siskel and Ebert could debate a film in 3 minutes.)
Ewok lovers rejoice! Just in time for Return of the Jedi's 30th anniversary, LEGO announces their new Ewok Village playset complete with tons of movie inspired play features and 16 minifigures plus R2-D2. The set includes 1990 pieces and will retail for $249.99. Detail, official images, video and more after the jump!
From our sponsors at BriansToys.com: Brian's Toys has the new Black Series 6" and 3.75" action figures available for pre-order along with the new Mission Series and Saga Legends figures. Also new this week is a beautiful vintage AFA 85 Death Star Space Station and an AFA 80 Action Figure Display Stand (with Mailer Box!) You can see all this and more at http://www.brianstoys.com/nl/2013-05-31.html
A link making the rounds to the site Tenth Letter of the Alphabet focuses on something which may be of interest to you called "Anatomy of a Logo: Star Wars." It looks at the evolution and many revisions of the famous logo, with lots of examples from licensed products you own or have owned with things like a changing, more pointy "W" and Marvel Comics' revisions to the classic eight letters we now all probably have, in some incarnation, by the thousand in our storage units.
After rumors and some confusion, a few reviews surfaced today confirming that it was indeed available to purchase! The iTunes Store has Knights of the Old Republic for your iPad. The 10-year-old game is $9.99. A story at Time.com talks about how IGN had a review up before the game was officially announced. And you thought it was bad when Walmart got an exclusive before Hasbro announced it! (Well, yeah, it is.)
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Sideshow has opened up pre-orders for their exclusive Star Wars Blackhole Stormtrooper Premium Format Figure. The piece stands about 19.5 inches tall and includes a body suit, leather holster, and just pure awesome blackness.
Memorial Day weekend was full of bounty at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California as new swag has shipped and arrived in their Star Traders store. Of particular interest to collectors would be the new Star Tours sets and Mickey’s Jedi Starfighter. But these aren’t the only pieces that caught our eye.
Our sponsors at BigBadToyStore.com are now taking pre-orders for the upcoming Hasbro Star Wars Black Series 6 and 3.75 inch assortments! Shop and see more details ahead!
Here's the latest announcement from our sponsors at BigBadToyStore.com. New Star Wars pre-orders include a fantastic RAH TIE Fighte Pilot "Black 3" and a Boba Fett Leather Street Jacket. Check out the full listing after the jump!
This week in New York City LEGO revealed the largest Star Wars LEGO set ever--a life-sized X-Wing! Accompanied by a much more modestly sized Toys R Us Times Square exclusive set, and Yoda mini-figure, this spectacle was all to promote Wednesday's premiere of The Yoda Chronicles on Cartoon Network. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast Marjorie and Arnie review some of the exclusive LEGO sets commemorating the premiere.
It's gimmicky, kiddy, and fun, yet it will likely earn some guffaws from legacy collectors looking for a more 3.75 inch fix. Hasbro announces a second exclusive for this year's San Diego Comic-Con International: An Angry Birds Vintage 12 Pack Action Figure Set!