The British Toy And Hobby Association (BTHA) announces their Best New Toys of 2013 at the 60th Annual London Toy Fair, with Hasbro's Anakin Skywalker to Darth Vader action figure (£24.99) being recognized in the Action Figure category.
Hey kids, it's Teebo! Including both 2001 and 1984-style headgear, this figure aims to be all things for all people. As a part of a gift set, it seems more like a Vintage figure in that the gear is clearly made for collectors to get that ultimate Teebo they always wanted. Did Hasbro succeed?
While a highly-demanded action figure, Jocasta Nu has been created as a lavishly-packaged, high-quality, and high-price exclusive action figure. Shipped in a spiffy thick box with a Vintage carded figure inside, Madame Nu includes a lightsaber, bust of Count Dooku, holocron, purse, and of course the figure.
This Yellow R2-Series Astromech Droid looks a lot like R2-C4 from a few years ago, except it comes from Disney, can wear a hat, and has slightly different deco. I bought it because I'm dumb. But you? You might be smart. Read on to see if you should buy it, or make a smarter decision.
Let's look at Wunka the Ewok, part of a late 2012 2-pack. The figure is based on a 2007 sculpt, but with a new head, a new hood, a new axe, and pretty good deco. The teeth and eyes are a little funky at times, but it's still a solid release from Return of the Jedi. Want to know more? Sure you do.
Hey hey, it's Luke Skywalker! This is a good one. Why? Because the Vintage one in 2006 was pretty awful. The repaint from Droid Factory, which we look at today, added deco like black lines to the helmet which changed it from "meh" to "oooh!" at a decent price. As a bonus, it includes the best R2-D2 retool you could hope to get.
Based on the original Clone Wars cartoon this Asajj Ventress looks great. Good sculpt, nice deco, not much articulation... but she's also basically free these days! Why not track her down? She will look great on your desk.
Meet the Blue R7 Series Astromech Droid! It's not the same as the 2008 release, but it is different enough to warrant your attention. It might not warrant the trip to Orlando to get one at Disney Hollywood Studios... but well, it was for me!
It's time for more Obi-Wan Kenobi! There's a bunch of these. This one was packed with the Jedi High Council sets, or as you know them "the seats and floor we buy with some figures we could do without." Kenobi has no lightsaber here... yet you're buying him for the accessories.
Depending on where you lived this Obi-Wan Kenobi was a tough find in 2005. I never saw it in the stores, but on the bright side it's basically worthless now. Such is life! Cheap things come to those who wait. And did you know there's a new Callgrim drop tomorrow? This has nothing to do with this site, but eh, plugs.
The Green R9 Series Astromech Droid is one of those pesky "new" figures in the Star Tours droid part bins. If you want an R9, you gotta go to Orlando. Some colors look better than others, and the green ain't bad.
Depending on where you shopped, either the red or tan Battle Droid was everywhere... and the other one wasn't. It's a five-jointed figure with removable limbs, based on a mold which debuted in 2002. In 2002, it came with C-3PO, a factory conveyor belt, a magnetic head, and was $10. In 2012, it comes with a gun and a stand.
So, uh, hunh. No Droid Factory. Well... not much we can say other than let's look at the 1,974th entry in our ongoing series with another Clone Trooper. This one came from a limited articulation 3-pack in 2003. What makes it special?
We have received an update from Hasbro announcing the cancellation of the Droid Factory assortment in 2013, pointing to pricing and value as reasons for the decision. Many of the figures announced last summer for this line will be released in the fall, with further announcements being made at Toy Fair next month. Read Hasbro's official statement after the jump, and stay tuned for more on this and our Toy Fair coverage on February 9th!
From earlier in 2012, this Obi-Wan Kenobi was resculpted from previous releases to look closer to the cartoon counterpart while adding a swell backpack. Or, this Obi-Wan Kenobi ate up a tooling slot that could've gone to a new character, of which we pretty much got none in 2012. Take your pick. Either way, it's a nicely-sculpted figure with decent gear.