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.
While pretty much nothing is known about this release, word is spreading that the Xbox will have a downloadable game called Star Wars: First Assault and if that picture is any indication, there may well be Stormtroopers in it.
The evolution of the action figure at Hasbro has taken a lot of weird twists and turns. At one point they were all engineered to be toys for kids, and now they're basically modestly-priced plastic collectibles for adults... but not this Darth Vader. Despite having one of the best sculpts in years, the engineering seems to be better for kids to play with, or as a desk accessory. When we looked at Boba Fett from this set, it became our most-read FOTD of 2012... so you're gonna want to read this one, right?
Let's talk big vehicles because you ain't gettin' any more next year. How are we feeling Episodes II and III 3D in about 365 days? Not bad! Gotta look forward to something. And how about some classic Kenner/Hasbro-style 12-inch action figures. We're going to get new ones, right? (No.) Read on!
Welcome to Galactic Hunter Video Theater! You no doubt know that there are hundreds of nifty stories from and media presentations on the Star Wars universe, and a lot of old media has been uploaded to YouTube. Some of it is great. Some of it isn't. We kick this possibly weekly, hopefully regular feature with the book-and-tape read-along Droid World... and a little bonus trivia for some of you Man or Astro-Man? fans out there. Set aside about 13 minutes and be sure to have some speakers or headphones handy after the break.
Tom sends in this report from Georgia of some awesome Star Wars bargain finds at 5 Below. Check out all the deals after the jump!
From our sponsors at Brian's Toys: The Brian's Toys newsletter this week features a whole new Vinyl Cape Jawa AFA 85, restocked Master Replica Boba Fett Blaster, and a pre-order for the new Sideshow 12" Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi figure. The Jawa includes a Certificate Authenticity and comes protected in an acrylic case from the Action Figure Authority.
Just a reminder that Season 5 of The Clone Wars makes its exciting debut at its new Saturday morning time slot tomorrow at 9:30 am ET/PT 8:30 am CT. The first episode, titled "Revival", has Maul and Opress on their quest for ultimate power while being chased down by their nemesis, Obi-Wan Kenobi.