While my budget for travel basically covers trips to toy stores and the occasional bike ride to Wal-Mart, I'm seeing a ton of great coverage from New York City at the Hasbro party before New York Comic Con. New 6-inch and 3 3/4-inch Star Wars figures were shown, as are some nifty new Transformers toys. Seeing as you can get all-new Leia Boushh figures in regular and extra-large sizes, clearly it's a great time to be alive.
UPDATED with more links to Mission Series and Saga Legends images.
Steven Anne is the toy buyer for Walgreens, and on Twitter he confirms solid cases of 8 Concept Armor Boba Fetts are coming in November. The 6-inch Black Series action figure is in circulation now, potentially mixed with other Star Wars characters like Luke, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, and a redeco Sandtrooper which should be in stores elsewhere real soon. He writes:
Toys R Us' new Hasbro exclusive Star Wars Rebels Mission Series The Ghost action figure set is making the rounds for $19.99 a pop if you can find it. (My closest store doesn't seem to have any yet.) In it, you get Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger - which may be identical to the single-carded versions, we'll see - plus an exclusive holographic Obi-Wan Kenobi. It's quite nice. I have 3 short videos (one for each) after the break.
Because we're well past the point where making "Better than Ezra" jokes are funny, let's just say that Hasbro's Ezra Bridger turned out quite nicely. There's a lot of deco and fun details on a figure with only 5 points of articulation. There's also no gun, no lightsaber, not a single luxury. Like Robinson Crusoe, it's just a helmet. Read on!
Unless there are running changes we don't know about, there should be three versions of this Kanan Jarrus in circulation before Thanksgiving. One is in the Toys R Us exclusive 3-pack, another is packaged with the Phantom at Target, and the third is individually carded in the Saga Legends assortment. It's a nice figure - good sculpt, clean deco, and it stands nicely too. Read on!
For the first time in years, I'm actually really pleased with a holographic figure! Obi-Wan Kenobi is exclusive to Toys R Us and started showing up in my neck of the woods over the weekend. The set has 3 figures and is $19.99, and is arguably worth the asking price. He has one point of articulation - and I'm scratching my head to name another full-size 3 3/4-inch humanoid Star Wars figure with only one joint - with a really wonderful sculpt and pose. And he's hollow. Read on!
Despite having just reset recently, Toys R Us stores are re-resetting with a new area filled with Marvel and Star Wars - Hasbro and LEGO mixed - near their usual spot in the stores. New toys are hitting right now, including the Mission Series: The Ghost set pictured here. The Ezra Bridger and Kanan Jarrus figures are assumed similar (if not identical) to the regular releases, but you'll note that there's a blacked-out window there for a third figure.
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With three eyes, Ree-Yees has been one of the more recognizable aliens form the Star Wars saga since his 1983 action figure debut. Kenner refreshed him in 1998 and this 2014 edition is the first new one in over a decade. He's a big upgrade on almost every possible metric, minus a new ball joint in the waist popping apart easily which means he pretty much can't sit. However, he does have sculpted trigger fingers which was nothing short of amazing. Go ahead and get one. Also note cameos by Boba Fett and the previous Kenner Ree-Yees figures in Six Second Toy Talk, after the break.
Tired of video previews of action figures that take a whole minute - or worse, several minutes? In the amount of time it would take you to think "yes" to yourself, you could already be watching this Six Second Toy Talk: The Black Series Darth Vader Action Figure video - and almost done with it. Check it out, after the jump.
He's good! Ree-Yees is Hasbro's finest work in the field of Gran development. If you need a figure to stand on a Sail Barge or Jabba's Throne Room diorama, there is none better. I assume most readers of this site are not concerned about figures sitting, because trying to make him sit will cause his torso to blow open. (It's easily remedied, like the ball-joint head on most figure necks.) Due to how this figure is likely to perform in your life, this is probably going to have to be rounded up to acceptable as there are no real vehicles for him right now. Is this figure the go-to Ree-Yees you've been waiting for? Yes. But read on anyway for more pictures!
I expected that Jakks Pacific would hold the crown with a 20- or even 31-inch take on the Bounty Hunter we all love, but no - this was not to be. It turns out that the Comic-Con debut of the Star Wars Boba Fett Life-Size Vintage Kenner Action Figure (pre-order yours, if you dare) takes the cake at 6-feet tall. Gentle Giant makes this figure to sell similarly sized Stormtrooper and Darth Vader action figures. That's 72-inches of your Boba Fettish complete with red rocket, blue blaster, and a display stand. Having seen one up close myself, I can tell you that it's the kind of thing any of us should be so lucky to have in our office.
Almost the greated Darth Vader figure ever conceived is in today's Figure of the Day! The Episode III 2014 incarnation is so, so close - but the head falls off really easily. The bend-and-swivel wrists, rocker ankles, and ball-jointed torso are perfection. The ball-jointed hips? Wonderous. The sculpt is pretty good too - but if you turn the head, the helmet falls right off. Still, diorama fans should snag it and carded fans too. Read on! (Also order yours at Entertainment Earth.)
So, ready for a new General Grievous? I was! This one is tall, and that's great. He stays standing unassisted longer than his predecessor, but the Mission Series figure will still topple over in a matter of hours. As such, he'll need a doll stand - but he fits in the Grievous' Starfighter vehicle, and looks pretty fantastic. Should you get one? Read on!