Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,669: Sith Jet Trooper (The Vintage Collection)

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, March 3, 2020

It's red and small! The Sith Jet Trooper (The Vintage Collection) is one of the enemies at the end of the very popular non-playable video game The Rise of Skywalker, and comes complete with two blasters and a jet pack you can't remove.  Read on!

Q&A: Three Is the Magic Number with Star Wars

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, March 1, 2020

This week in Q&A - Three questions! Downsizing - should we expect 3 3/4-inch releases of the best new 6-inch figures? I wouldn't. And Lanard Aliens - you're buying these, right? Lastly Hasbro's other 3 3/4-inch interests... well, disappointment is a way to start a week.  And we added some more new GameBoy Camera photos.

Be sure you send in your questions for next time. Our mail bag is empty. Read on!

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,668: R2-SHP (Droid Factory Line Look)

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, February 27, 2020

From the Disney parks, the blue R2-SHP (Droid Factory Line Look) looks like his R6 companion - but it's a cool colorway.  I can't remember where this Resistance droid was in the movie, but it looks super cool - and after hundreds of astromechs, that's almost more important.  Silver and black and some fake dirt cover the blue chassis with a glossy black eye and a lot of personality.  Do you need it?  No, but it's cool enough to buy if you see it at the right price.  Read on!

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,667: D-O (Droid Factory Line Look)

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, February 25, 2020

He's tine and has a stand!  D-O (Droid Factory Line Look) is a Disney parks item - not a Hasbro item - but it's scale to your Hasbro 3 3/4-inch figures.  After Rise of Skywalker had multiple scales of figures, none of which contained all three of the core main heroes, it only makes sense that you had to go to another manufacturer for the decent main driver robot which, it turned out, was a pretty minor character.  I like it.  Read on!

Q&A: Star Wars Exclusives and Definitive Action Figures

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, February 23, 2020

This week in Q&A - Exclusives! Well... there's not a lot to talk about right now. And Definitive Editions of action figures - is that likely any more?

Be sure you send in your questions for next time. Our mail bag is empty. Read on!

Toy Fair 2020 - Star Wars from Diamond Select Toys, or Gentle Giant if You Prefer

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, February 22, 2020

Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant! Diamond Select Toys is embracing and adopting the Gentle Giant house style. Busts from Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars include familiar black display stands, while one thing that's very familiar - the Gentle Giant brand name - seems to be disappearing. There are still plenty of awesome statues for most price ranges, including Luke Skywalker looking wistfully at the sunset and a preposterously huge $600 retail Darth Vader on Cloud City. It's him about to tell Luke about his parentage. You know the scene.

Toy Fair 2020 - Hasbro Star Wars The Vintage Collection Figures and Vehicle

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, February 22, 2020

Star Wars: The Vintage Collection! It was not a big year for reveals. The biggest was a new edition of Boba Fett's Slave I, a long since sold-out formerly Amazon exclusive, now a shared exclusive. The 2020 edition includes a newly-tooled clear display stand and a new paint job that's better than ever, with cool engine lights on the back! It's also a lot more expensive, but not nearly as pricey as the secondary market rates for the original.

Toy Fair 2020 - Hasbro Star Wars Black Series Snowspeeder

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, February 22, 2020

Big vehicles! The surprisingly Snowspeeder with Dak Ralter is the highlight of The Black Series 6-inch collection this year - and there's a lot of good stuff. After 2 waves of The Empire Strikes Back reissues and improvements on 40th anniversary cards, a Probot, the baby The Child, and some other odds and ends, a $120 vehicle-with-new-character-figure seemed impossible. Yet, here it is.

Toy Fair 2020 - Hasbro Star Wars Mission Fleet Vehicles with Figures

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, February 22, 2020

Star Wars Mission Fleet! Rising plastic costs have been a strike against good toy vehicles since the 1980s, with Hasbro having to find clever or different ways to make smaller or different ships for your figures. In 2020, the next attempt is Mission Fleet - a series-spanning line with original trilogy, prequel, and TV-based ships. There don't seem to be any Disney-era movie items in here, it's just Lucasfilm-era stuff and The Mandalorian. It's neat.

Toy Fair 2020 - Hasbro Mandalorian and Baby Yoda Goodies

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, February 22, 2020

Is it Man... or The Mandalorian? Neither - The Child has taken over Star Wars! Collectible figures, action figures, a board game, plushes, 2 kinds of electronic doll things, and more are on deck this year as is The Darksaber. Other character announcements were sadly in short supply, but at least it looks like the future of Star Wars is, indeed, the children.

The Bounty Collection (previously/also Baby Bounties) collectible figures will be sold in 2-packs and individually - packaging hunters, take note. If you like variants this is for you.

Toy Fair 2020 - Hasbro Star Wars Retro Kenner Luke Skywalker with Hoth Ice Planet Board Game

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, February 22, 2020

Hoth Ice Planet Adventure Game! Walmart is reissuing Kenner's old Boba Fett, Yoda, Bespin Luke, Hoth Leia, Hoth Han, and Lando Calrissian figures - and pre-sales of some are already sold out. And many of us older fans already own those figures, which are getting more randomized pre-applied "wear" on the card art. So you might be interested in this board game.

Toy Fair 2020 - Hasbro Battle Bobblers

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, February 22, 2020

Star Wars Battle Bobblers! Like clockwork, Hasbro has new figure concepts that are expressions of characters you know that you like, but not in the format you buy. The big-eyed Battle Bobblers look not unlike the creations of Jim Davis - Garfield and Orson might see these troopers, droids, and aliens as kin.

Toy Fair 2020 - Hasbro Galaxy of Adventures 5-Inch Action Figures

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, February 22, 2020

Galaxy of Adventures! The surprisingly well-made, nicely articulated, and fairly priced line of 5-inch action figures continues alongside the reality of stores phasing the segment out and there being some question as to where you might find it. Hasbro's post-The Rise of Skywalker game is pretty good, focusing on the top-tier characters of today, the classics, and no real cohesion so the toys can pal around terribly well.

Toy Fair 2020 - The Hasbro Star Wars Live Tweetening

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, February 22, 2020

If you go to a good site, they'll no doubt put together great galleries with insightful, useful commentary - but since I was unable to squeeze in most of the areas where the good collector stuff was, we don't have pictures of everything.  I'm working on galleries now of some nifty new toys and we also have a text dump of my tweets from the Hasbro Media Day presentation.

Highlights: Walmart has retro Kenner for The Empire Strikes Back, pretty much a lot of it all leaked early, The Vintage Collection showed 2 figures (one reissue, one resculpt), and while there's a lot of interesting product - in every definition of the word - long-time collectors are unlikely to be feeling that this is Their year, even if it's an diverse batch of stuff. 

Hasbro Renews Disney, Marvel, and yes, Star Wars Licenses

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, February 21, 2020

While there are a lot of product announcements coming up this weekend, only one piece of news really matters.  

And it's a press release. 

Hasbro confirms:   Hasbro and Disney Extend Strategic Merchandising Relationship for Marvel and Star Wars Franchises.   While no date for its end appears in the press release, it does say "The Star Wars license agreement includes the rights to toys and games based on entertainment like Star Wars: The Clone Wars and The Mandalorian, incorporating fan favorite characters such as The Child from The Mandalorian, affectionately known as Baby Yoda. The agreements are multi-year agreements."

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