Hot Wheels! Walmart in the USA has a new exclusive assortment of cars for $0.97 a pop. This batch is based on planets. It’s the third “$1″ car batch, the previous two focused on episodes and factions.
These are quite nice - while Rogue One iconography is nowhere to be seen, you’ll see some retro graphics on the side with touristy vistas, Tusken Raiders, AT-ATs, lightsaber duels, Cloud City, and more. You’ll even notice Rey on her speeder on the Jakku one. If you ever bought the old Burger King glasses, the art style is similar to those.
So far Walmart’s have been the only Hot Wheels sets I’ve been all-in on, thanks to the lower price point and the creative designs. As a bonus, they all have distinctive card art. Get ‘em if you can find them! Designs include Kamino, Mustafar, Tatooine, Hoth, Dagobah, Bespin, Endor, and Jakku - and are numbered sequentially in order of appearance in the saga. At this time I know of no Rogue One tie-in assortment, but we've still got a few more months.
New Black Series - repacks! According to many sources, and Robot Kingdom (a very popular exporter of Transformers overseas) there are 4 more The Black Series 3 3/4-inch action figures coming out as future Walmart exclusives. You may already own them, but they’re good ones if you missed them. While Hasbro has not confirmed this, it’s a slow news week so we’re going to assume this is all fact and tell you about these previous releases. Read on for more pictures, links to reviews of the original figures, and a list of who you can expect to find in stores in the next couple of months.
At this time, there are no Rogue One or The Force Awakens figures in these waves known to be coming. This continues the previous The Black Series line's proud tradition of minimizing freshness in the 3 3/4-inch range.
They're back! Prices went through the roof for the Star Wars The Black Series 6-Inch Stormtrooper 4-Pack [Amazon Exclusive] over the holidays, but now it's back for $79.99. It's a pretty good set, especially with the exclusive Clones and now we know the Officer is indeed in The Force Awakens. Click here to order yours.
Also back up for pre-order (due ot ship within a month) is the Star Wars The Force Awakens 3.75-Inch Figure Troop Builder 7-Pack [Amazon Exclusive]. This hasn't shipped yet, but it has the Riot Trooper that dueled Finn as well as a few other unique accessories - plus the hard-to-find Captain Phasma. It has 7 figures for $47.99, and you can click here to order it.
Update: the 6-inch set is sold out again, but the 3 3/4-inch one
is was still available.
Amazon's 6-inch First Order Stormtrooper Officer adds a shoulder pauldron to the figure previously sold at Comic-Con and in fine stores everywhere. Is it enough to warrant buying again? Well, it's in a swell boxed set, so I'm leaning toward yes. Read on!
Behold, the Clone Trooper Commander! This 6-inch figure is part of Amazon's (at least temporarily) sold-out boxed set tracing the evolution of the troopers over 6 of the 7 movies. This one is, like the others, exclusive to the set - you won't find this deco elsewhere in this size. Get one if you can, and read on!
That first trio of The Black Series 3 3/4-inch action figures are hitting Walmarts now - that's the good news. I spied two of them personally yesterday, neither of which seem to be significantly altered from previous releases.
Each figure is $12.93, and comes boxed. Darth Vader is a repack of the classic 500th Darth Vader mold, and now we know the dome is not glued down - the sample I saw was floating around freely in the box, the figure loose and the helmet wedged down below. Chewbacca appears to be a repack of the 2004 Original Trilogy Collection Vintage figure, which was $9.99 (and cheaper) and also repacked several times since then. I was not able to confirm if Luke has any changes, as he was not available at the stores I examined.
In the post Star Wars Celebration 2015 Super Shogun Exclusives!, Funko shows that they are indeed bringing the long, long-gestating jumbo figures inspired by Shogun Warriors to plastic life once again. This redeco of the Stormtrooper is a swell addition to any spacious house, while the Kenner-deco Boba Fett is another fine delight which I will no doubt cry myself to sleep over not owning. Such is life. Click here to read more and see the pictures.
Available at a Toys R Us near you right now, Selig Kenjenn (not Zelig, I don't think) is shown being at the Battle of Geonosis. Except he wasn't there - the character is based on a piece of art depicting Holocron-keeper Leland Chee as a Jedi, which had TIE Fighters in the background. As such, it's less an essential movie collectible than it is a bizarrely neat trivia question for people like you and me who live and breathe this stuff. Read on!
While she looks a little more like Han & Leia's kid than the actress in the movie, Khaat Qiyn is largely pretty neat. Sure, she has a giant mitt, but Que-Mars' other hand had to go somewhere. Want to know more? Read on!
While it's not uncommon for a figure to have a minor error or two, Que-Mars Redath received two of them - and they're pretty interesting ones, at that. This isn't the first Weequay Jedi, nor do we anticipate it to be the last. It is, however, the first figure in the last set we're going to be looking at this week so go ahead and read on!
Check out the movie version of TC-70, Jabba's protocol droid from The Clone Wars movie. It's pretty nice - it's also the build-a-droid from Amazon's exclusive Legacy 6-pack. Should you get it? Read on!
I know what you're thinking - didn't you buy a Vintage 212th Battalion Clone Trooper just about two years ago? Yes, but this one is just different enough to make you mad! New damage markings and slightly different orange patterning await you on this exclusive Droid Factory figure which now uses the 2011 Vintage Clone body, which the previous version did not. Read on!
Did you know you needed another Sun Fac? Neither did I. This Amazon-exclusive 2013 release is a redeco of the 2006 pegwarmer original, which would surely have poisoned the pegs. As such, we're all happy to see it online. It has fewer accessories than the original, lacks the eye scar, and has slightly different deco. Is the new release worth it? Read on!
They're here! Well, they're on the way - click here to order your Amazon exclusive Star Wars Legacy Collection action figure 6-pack. it's filled with troopers, Sun Fac, and two droids - including the totally new FA-4 Pilot Droid.
So I got the new Amazon Exclusive Vintage Collection TIE Interceptor here, and the big question I've been hearing - a lot - is "is it different?" The answer is yes, actually - the plastic color is different enough from other movie versions of the ship to be notable, so let's find out more.