What's new in Q&A this week? Let's talk new figures, if we can try to do so. And how about variation rarity? Well, we can pretend to guess. And display stands are a good thing too. Read on, and get ready for Toy Fair!
Here's a video review of a brand-new item that, 24 hours ago, I didn't even know was coming out. The Target Exclusive Special Edition Yoda Tin Star Wars Fighter Pods Set is in stores right now and features Yoda, Darth Sidious, and a ton of Clones and Battle Droids in this Kashyyyk-themed set. It's also the first new exclusive item to hit retail stores in quite some time. For $24.99, it includes 18 figures, 4 pods, a Spinfire Launcher, and a tin. And you can see me talk about these Revenge of the Sith-themed mini-figures after the jump.
While I'm nursing unrelated toy-related disappointment, why not go look at ARC Trooper Blitz? He's part of a great Battle Pack which you may actually be able to find on the cheap if you know where to look. It's worth it. He's cool, man.
A spy report from the Nuremberg Toy Fair courtesy of Jedi News reveals more of what's planned in 2013 from Hasbro, including the Black Series 3.75 inch line (Vader Card) where some of the planned Droid Factory figures will end up, a "budget" Movie Heroes assortment, and a "Mission Series" 2 pack.
Click here to find out more and thanks to Dan Curto for the heads up!
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Let's look at the Plo Koon figure from last year's nifty Ultimate Gift Set. As the least-nifty part of that set, this one may have escaped your attention. Is it possible there's some special detail making this an ignored gem?
Today let's look at the slick Yellow R8-Series Astromech Droid which feels more like it came from the 1970s or 1980s than a lot of the more recent designs. With no big "eye" it's a little unsettling at first, but it makes good use of the R7 torso to bring about a new, exclusive, and hard-to-find experience.
Bet on Black? Black is the new Black? Black is Back? Hasbro officially announces their new ultra awesome 6 inch scale super articulated action figures geared towards the adult collector: The Black Series. Photos and more after the jump!
This week on The Clone Wars: All those boring corruption-on-Mandalore episodes act as backstory to the highly-entertaining "Shades of Reason." While not as overstuffed and crazy as last week's installment, you probably get more Mandlorian armored action than you've ever seen in a single televised installment of the show plus a major change in the Mandalorian political hierarchy. (It's entertaining, I promise.) More after the break.
Let's talk about Clone Trooper Mixer, a dark blue box Toys R Us exclusive which may well be at a store near you still. One of two troopers, this one was packaged with a killer droid and for the price wasn't at all bad. (Especially at 2012-2013 price points.) Should you track it down?
After lots of chatter here (and in the Q&A column over the last few months... or years) the USA Today has a story you may wish to read. Hasbro unveils 'Star Wars' Black Series action figures introduces the new, 6-inch SRP $19.99 action figure line. Each boxed figure has exceedingly wonderful sculpting and mass when compared to their vintage counterparts.
It's Lumat! Last made in 1984, this was, at the time, what I thought to be one of the last figures Kenner did (POTF didn't hit big in my neighborhood.) Armed with a spear, bow, arrows, and hood, this is a nice figure with a lot of gear. Did you get yours? It's time to buy!
What's new in Q&A this week? Let's talk New Versions of Luke Skywalker because why not. And how about the Vintage Figure Remake List, or at least my take on it as of this week? Sure, why not? Let's also talk Statues and mention that credit card thing I didn't read about until yesterday, because that's the kind of citizen I am. Read on!
All lens flare diatribes aside, J.J. Abrams seems like the best choice to helm and direct the sequel trilogy. If you think about it, the Star Trek reboot in terms of tone, dialogue, pace, and atmosphere, was closer to a classic Star Wars film. You can easily see the same dynamic between Kirk, Spock, and Uhura as you would with Luke, Han, and Leia.