It was a damp, dreary November evening but The Force was strong inside a repurposed Chicken Ranch that housed the greatest Star Wars collection in the world. Rancho Obi-Wan celebrates one year since their Grand Re-Opening on November 5th and we wanted to offer a congratulations and thanks to Steve Sansweet and Anne Neuman for a fantastic place collectors and fans of a galaxy far, far away can call a Mecca.
It's been exactly one week since the news broke: Disney buys Lucasfilm, Episode VII in 2015. It's a major change of course for a franchise that had long been declared dormant, and one that will have far-reaching impact on Star Wars collectors. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast, Marjorie and Arnie take your voicemails, giving podcast listeners the stage to share their excitement and their trepidation about this news.
It's on sale for a couple of bucks off right now! The Target Special Edition Darth Maul Tin Fighter Pods Set should be widely available near you, and it's pretty good. Eight of the figures are repacks from series 1, but there are several unique clone troopers, a metallic Darth Maul, and the first-ever figure of Ziro the Hutt plus some uniquely-shaped pods. I won't lie to you, I happily paid full price for it just to get a Ziro. Check out all the new little figures after the break.
Here's an interesting one which shares a name with a popular menu item at a place like going for lunch. Shu Mai is a bright, colorful figure with excellent detail, limited articulation, and she's part of a pretty decent gift set that's actually pretty cheap these days.
We take a break from Q&A's break because blah blah blah Disney. Blah blah blah Angry Birds. Blah blah blah Hoth Han Solo hood variants. All this and much more await you in this week's Q&A! As always, enjoy, and write in a question for next time if you've got one.
This week in Galactic Hunter Video Theater, let's look at something that's technically a video with the original Star Tours. The 1987 theme park ride was basically a short film on a motion simulator, and probably prompted about as much fan discussion in the 1990s as the movies did in the 1980s. (We didn't have much to go on.) So click on through to see the original Captain Rex (an uncredited Paul "Pee-wee Herman" Reubens) in a rough video capture, after the break.
OK, so who do we got going on tonight? Looks like Weequay, a remake of a figure which has been, historically, one of the best. Kenner did an awesome one in 1983, and another great one in 1997. The 2012 Vintage Collection release is pretty swell, too. You'll want to see this one up close... or just watch the video after the jump.
Did you find the last Clone Wars figure of 2012 yet? It came out a few months ago. It's a weak year. Commander Fox is basically a redeco mishmash of other figures, and the deco ain't perfect. It's neat, though. The toy arguably looks better than the TV show design. Oh, and there's a video too.
Let's look at another new Vintage action figure - but be warned, I hear they're starting to sell out and it hasn't even been a week since they hit! Today it's the updated Nien Nunb, which is a new version of the 1983 and 1997 figures, both of which were exceptional in their days and are still quite good. Now he has a blaster based on the boxy 1980s version, plus a 1997-esque rifle and 14 points of articulation. I love it. I assume you will too. Watch the video after the break!
The early animated Clone Wars figures are superb, underrated gems of the collectible toy world. They're more statues than action figures, but are cheap and pretty gorgeous. And my stats say you won't read about General Grievous or the other figures in this line... why not? Don't you like nice things? You really ought to check these out.
Oh yes, it's Lumat! More than just a Graak repaint, this figure is a redeco of the new Logray body with some swell new additions. It's an online exclusive, plus one of the last remakes of unmade 1980s action figures. Should you care? I do, this is one of my favorite Ewoks of the year... and we got a bunch in 2012. Watch the video after the jump!
Since Hasbro gave us the "Who's Who" of Attack of the Clones when the movie first hit, by 2010, it was time to move on to "Who's That?" Nicanas Tassu is the Jedi who tosses a couple of lightsabers to our heroes, and then is pretty easy to ignore after that. Is a new head on a Mace Windu body worth a look?
This week on The Clone Wars: the battle on Onderon ends! "Tipping Points" brings us a bunch of action and resolution, speeding things along to a swift conclusion. The four-parter gave us our first look at Onderon in animation while shoving all our major players to the background. Was it worth sitting through? Let's discuss! As always, spoilers and video await you!
The delayed (twice, actually) Nom Anor came out a few months ago, allowing us to cross another "announced but not released" action figure off the list. He's ugly... really ugly. The Yuuzhan Vong figure comes with a giant staff, a decent cloak, and some snap-on armor pieces. Is it worth your while?
In an announcement that is so stunning and game changing in its scope that we had to check the date to make sure that it wasn't April 1st, Walt Disney Company has entered into an agreement to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. from George Lucas as we enter into Kathleen Kennedy's stewardship of the most beloved space fantasy franchise in history.