A few years ago, a bunch of steampunk-influenced Star Wars action figures made the rounds online from Sillof's Workshop before you started to see gears, brass, monocles, and buckles on everything. His latest creation was commissioned by the great Patton Oswalt (whose extended double album 222 and EP The Pennsylvania Macaroni Company may be two of comedy's finest achievements). What is it? Russ Meyer. As in Faster, Empire! Strike! Strike! Action Figures. Maybe you've seen Darla Vade and Stormy Go Go. Want to see Lando, as a woman, with an afro? Of course you do. See her after the jump.
Thanks to a tip from our pal and friend to all collectors Chuck, we now know that Downtown Disney's Once Upon a Toy Hasbro store now has the Droid Factory set up. This means you don't have to pay to get into Disney Hollywood Studios, as Once Upon a Toy has no admission fee. From the pictures it looks like it's a much better set-up filled with bins on four sides (rather than just one) and best of all, you won't have to shell out $100 to get into the theme park to waste 2 hours of high-quality ride time to attempt to collect them all.
So it's come to this! Let's wrap things up by looking at BoShek, which may well have been one of the first figures more or less born out of a gag on the internet. Mutton chops and angry column writers came together over 10 years ago to bring you this, one of the last figures in what was basically Kenner's house style of the 1990s. The construction is pretty good, but while a lot of people really did want Wuher, well, yeah. Sometimes you get what you ask for.
It's Willrow Hood, or the Ice Cream Maker Guy. Thanks to years of fan petitions serious and sarcastic, this extra from The Empire Strikes Back received his day in plastic courtesy of the awareness fans can generate when they work as a large, vocal group. Do you want to know more about this one?
Check out the case breakdowns for Hasbro's upcoming Black Series and Saga Legends courtesy of Toy Palace. These are slated for release in late summer/early fall. Hit the jump button for more!
Today, let's look at last year's Yellow R7-Series Astromech Droid. It's actually pretty swell! I like the nacho orangeness of it. The bad news is that it's yet another figure that will be (potentially) prohibitively difficult for you to find. Is it worth the effort?
This Yoda is in stores right now, and comes with a pretty swell little Jedi Attack Fighter vehicle. It's a bizarre figure with strange eyes and a fairly nice sculpt. The whole gift set is actually quite nice, so I'd say go ahead and buy it.
Hey kids, it's the 2006 Republic Commando Boss figure! This was his first of (so far) three toys. As such, the articulation is the most limited but it's worth noting that the deco is pretty great. Want to know more?
As the most recent Attack of the Clones Obi-Wan Kenobi to be put back in circulation, you'll be glad to know this one is very OK. It's not a great fit for the 2013 Jedi Starfighter, but as a figure that can stand around this 2012 release isn't half bad. How does this 2003 mold ten years later?
Does this Biker Scout having different grey dirt splotches make him different? Sure, why not. It's from a really great 2007 gift set that at the time was one of the greatest bargains the line had to offer. And today? Well, it's cheaper than it was a couple of years ago.
Let's look at Rebel Pilot Tiree, a still-available exclusive from the original Star Wars movie! Sure, he has the wrong torso, but that's the rule rather than the exception lately. Should you run out to the Toys R Us to get one?
I really like this Battle Droid, in part because the blue-bedecked "pilots" are far and few between. We got one about 13 years ago with another swell mini-rig-ish vehicle, and then... uh... I think this might be it, actually. It's based on the 2012 MTT droid mold, which isn't at all bad. I'm not saying it's exceptional, but I am saying I like it enough to wish I had more.
Check out this AT-ST Gunner from the Kmart AT-ST Drivers pack last year! It's pretty good. For the price, I'd say it's quite the deal... particularly if you have one of the earlier AT-ST vehicles which doesn't collapse under its own weight like the 2012 release.
Check out Clone Trooper Slick, a Target-exclusive from the not-quite-dead series. It's basically a plain white Clone with a removable helmet.