It's October and that means that the Holidays are only right around the corner. Hallmark stores have received two new Keepsake ornaments featuring a cool "Santa" Darth Vader Peekbuster and a LEGO Stormtrooper.
Now that we're in the far-flung future of Star Wars collectibles, we're getting some nice stuff from some licensees who aren't Hasbro or Gentle Giant. A nifty mid-range collectible, the Commander Cody Bank showed up at our offices recently and by gum, it's neat. It's also significantly cheaper than larger and more fragile releases than other companies. (It also gives us a chance to talk about someone from the Clone Wars, and banks, without having to cringe at that one Clone Wars episode about bank deregulation.)
Anakin, Obi-Wan, Ahsoka, and Rex encounter potential allies in this exclusive preview of the latest episode of The Clone Wars, "A War on Two Fronts."
There were about 25 unique domes released at Star Tours for the Droid Factory setup, and the Black and White R8-Series Astromech Droid is one of my favorites. It has no big eye to speak of, but its head has a built in nacho dip bowl.
Les Jouets (The Toys) Star Wars Exposition is now underway at the Musee Les Arts Decoratifs in Paris, France featuring 450 select Kenner and Hasbro pieces from the collection of Arnaud Grunberg.
Since 2009, Rovio's Angry Birds has been a bonafide pop cultural sensation. The game and its fun, cartoonish characters have crossed over into apparel, plush, food, beverages, books, and television. Today, a teaser posted on the Angry Birds Tumblr page suggests Jedi cloaks, lightsabers, and much more.
There are a lot of Clone Trooper figures, to the point where there are so many variants and repaints that some items are the stuff of legends. This green redeco of the crouching mold from the 3-packs which were sold at the back half of 2003 were like pre-posed army soldiers, what you see is basically what you get. Despite promotional images showing packs of 3 uniquely colored troopers being distributed, sets always had 3 white troopers or 2 white and 1 colorful trooper. Some were tough to get in certain regions, I had a heck of a time finding this green one and the yellow one. Is it worth tracking down?
Here's the latest from our sponsors at BigBadToyStore.com including the latest Star Wars convention exclusives from Gentle Giant. Also just arrived is the spectacular Real Action Heroes Darth Maul re-issue!
New York Comic-Con's Instagram feed reveals the next LEGO convention exclusive to be a Luke Skywalker and Landspeeder in Collector's Tin for next week's NYCC. The third in a series for this year's conventions, with Darth Maul for SDCC and Boba Fett for Celebration VI, the tin is a limited edition of only 1000 pieces with quantities limited for each day on a first come first serve basis.
On October 6, 2012 is the first Star Wars Reads day. Across the country bookstores will be hosting events celebrating Star Wars books, both fiction and nonfiction. Many stores are having Star Wars authors speak and autograph books, including the Barnes and Noble in Roseville, MN where Star Wars Action News hosts Marjorie and Arnie will be going to see authors Troy Denning, Daniel Wallace, and John Jackson Miller.
This is a Mace Windu test shot I got off of eBay which explains why you shouldn't buy test shots off of eBay. Why? It's crumbling. The rubbery arm plastic was made much better for the final product, but the reason you want to see this one is it has the unused plastic cape which was shown on the packaging of the production figure. And it's unpainted. Neat?
The fifth season premiere of The Clone Wars, "Revival," brought us some familiar faces, improved animation models, and a bit part to knock your socks off! The return of Darth Maul continues, and this time around they're joined by some familiar faces which haven't been seen on the show before. Numerous spoilers and links to the full episode await you after the break.
Check out Mace Windu, a nifty artifact from a period where Hasbro really didn't have a clear and firm grasp on if they were selling toys or collectibles. Sculpts improved, as did action features, but articulation was pretty weak. This deluxe figure had a nifty spring-loaded sleeve and a blow-apart droid as accessories.