Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,410: Snoke (The Last Jedi Line Look)

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, September 20, 2017

After a long wait, we got a figure of Snoke (The Last Jedi Line Look)!   He comes in a big playset, but if you don't want to buy the playset a super-articulated version is coming in the new Vintage line next year.  Read on!

Revealed - Star Wars: The Black Series Action Figure - Rey (Jedi Training) on Crait

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, September 19, 2017

New at Toys R Us, the exclusive  Star Wars: The Black Series Action Figure - Rey (Jedi Training) on Crait has been revealed!  She's due in November for $34.99.  The figure is a new one, more or less, with added cloth elements and a display base.

The Last Kmart in Phoenix - Retail Archaeology on YouTube

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, September 18, 2017

So Kmart isn't doing well - in Phoenix, most of them have slowly closed and become other things - furniture stores, indoor go-karts, or sad husks. The last open store is on the I-17 and Northern, currently going through its death throes. I was there last week on my birthday toy run, and the toy department had been collapsed with the former toy department being empty shelving for sale. It looked far better in July, when the YouTube account Retail Archaeology made this lovely video.

Semi-related, Toys R Us announced it'll file for some sort of bankruptcy this week, which doesn't necessarily mean it's going out of business.


Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,409: Han Solo (The Last Jedi Line Look)

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, September 18, 2017

Packaged with Boba Fett in a two-pack, this Han Solo (The Last Jedi Line Look) is in stores now.  I'm willing to make that bet because stores seem to have a lot of these - but they're neat.  Read on!

Q&A: Star Wars License Renewal, Spin-Off Movies, and Finishing Things Off

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, September 17, 2017

This week in Q&A - License Renewals! They're hard to predict, but we can look at history. Spin-off movies - is there a new hope to be had here? Also is the 40th anniversary line done yet? Maybe. Maybe not.

And send in your questions for next week. Read on!

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,408: Jyn Erso (Forces of Destiny)

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I wasn't sure what to make of Jyn Erso (Forces of Destiny) when it showed up, but it's pretty good.  The "adventure figure" as Hasbro calls them stands well, can hold her accessories, and has pretty great articulation given what we usually see from dolls for girls.   It may not be for you, but it's a nifty and largely well-made product.  Read on!

J.J. Abrams Replaces Colin Trevorrow on Star Wars Episode IX

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Addendum - I neglected to note earlier, the movie was delayed to December 2019.  Previously, it was late May 2019.  Unless the Han Solo movie gets delayed as well - and I can't assume it won't - it would be the only Disney-era movie to be released in May so far.

In what can only be called a safe choice, posted the article J.J. Abrams to Write and Direct Star Wars: Episode IX.   Colin Trevorrow was recently ousted from the film, one of at least four projects encountering significant upheaval in the Star Wars universe over the last decade.   Surely there's a non-disclosure agreement keeping us from knowing the full details of what happened here - or Josh Trank's movie, or Star Wars Detours, or the Han Solo film which is supposedly coming out in 8 months and has no name or no trailer - but I look forward to eventually hearing the full story on this tumultuous era of Star Wars.

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,407: Resistance Pilot Tallie (The Last Jedi Line Look)

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, September 11, 2017

Coming with the first-ever figure scale blue A-Wing Fighter, Resistance Pilot Tallie is awesome.  We think.  We don't know what she does in the movie yet, but she's nifty with a non-removable helmet.  I like her!  I like her ship, too. Read on!

Q&A: Walker, Endor Ranger, Star Wars Vintage, and Kylo Ren

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, September 10, 2017

This week in Q&A - Big Walker Vehicles! They're a staple of Star Wars, but are we to see any this year? The Vintage Collection - soon to be a topic we won't discuss here, because it's kind of the same thing. Also Kylo Ren redux - are we getting too much of a decent thing?

And send in your questions for next week. Read on!

HasCon - Star Wars The Black Series Prototypes for the Landspeeder

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, September 10, 2017

3416 I had some time, so I threw up some more prototype pictures of the Landspeeder.  Maybe you didn't see them, maybe you did, but here they are again with more angles.   A panel for The Black Series was rescheduled from the web times, and I caught a livestream of it.  As far as I can tell, there were no product reveals in the stream - so let's gawk over this Landspeeder some more!

HasCon - New 12-Inch Yoda, Black Series Rose, More Dewback

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, September 9, 2017

3411 I just snapped a few more (or better) shots of items the other day.   Maybe you've seen these, but if not here's another look.  (No, not another Luke.)

The Titan Hero Series Yoda is a great mishmash of his design from The Empire Strikes Back and the prequels, including his snake and cane from the Kenner era plus a lightsaber from the not-as-old era.  I've felt that these 12-inch scale figures have been generally great - their only real shortcoming is my preferene for Original Trilogy-era characters, of which there have been precious few at this size.  The production sample of Yoda looked so incredible that for $10, I'd strongly recommend everybody give him a good look when he hits stores in a little while.

HasCon - Star Wars 6-Inch The Black Series Action Figures

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, September 8, 2017

3398 Since a lot just came out, there wasn't a ton of newness in the 6-inch range at HasCon.  Star Wars fans may drool over a Landspeeder prototype, unpainted and marked up with where the paint would go later.  It's gorgeous.  You can also see Snoke plus the Force Friday offerings, after the break.

HasCon - Star Wars 40th Anniversary Collection and The Black Series Diorama-Rama

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, September 8, 2017


You may have seen this from San Diego Comic-Con, but it was mobbed by people in a tight booth.  At HasCon, there was more space between things, so you don't have to worry about being crushed alive from all sides while trying to look at an action figure.  Also notable, many figures in the diorama were customized and a Luke Stormtrooper has an alternate, wet head.   I was unable to find out if it's coming out or was just a thing for the booth, but the important thing tonight is that you can see it after the jump.

HasCon - Star Wars Vehicles and Creature/Vehicle Sets

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, September 8, 2017

3379 So there aren't any more new vehicles on display, but it's worth noting that the Wampa with Luke Skywalker is sized similarly to the recent Probe Droid with Darth Vader and Bala-Tik with Rathtar - and should be in that same assortment later, you lucky so-and-sos.   I'm happy to see so much new stuff from The Empire Strikes Back, and the Wampa looks nice in particular.  New figure 2-packs, including BB-8's dark friend, are there too.

HasCon - Star Wars Single Figure 3 3/4-Inch Main Line Newness

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, September 8, 2017

3368 Hasbro revealed a few goodies at SDCC already, but there are more items yet to show.  Actually, this might be it for the year - I don't know, given how quickly the Han Solo movie will (allegedly) be released.   The gamut of Force Friday II products were shown, but you've seen and hopefully already bought those.   Here, you'll find new 2-packs, single figures, and newish creatures.   No new vehicles were displayed at this event.