TRU Exclusive Commander Blackout Online (Pre-order)

By Mike — Monday, July 18, 2011

ToysRUs.com has posted their exclusive Commander Blackout aka Stealth Operations Clone Trooper on their website to pre-order for $7.99 each!

First Look: Kmart Vintage Return of the Jedi The Vintage Collection B-Wing Fighter

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, July 16, 2011

Pretend to be excited! Hasbro will likely be unveiling the B-Wing Fighter, a just-released Kmart exclusive in The Vintage Collection at Comic-Con this week. I expect lots of applause from people in the audience who weren't paying attention to store shelves-- but not you, good reader, as you are an astute person with their ear to the tracks for this kind of thing, and good for you. I appreciate that. How is this fourth release of a 1980s mold? Pretty good, actually-- it's basically a redeco of the 2008 Dagger Squad version.

As far as toy vehicles go, the B-Wing (courtesy of its packaging and how it ships) provides one of the best user experiences around for Star Wars spacecraft. Kudos to Hasbro's packaging department for a well-engineered series of inserts, but more on that later.

And wouldn't you love to know what the 1984 ship cost and if the 2011 one is a bargain adjusted for inflation? Click through for images and impressions, after the break.

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,582

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, July 7, 2011

Screw naming conventions!  The astromech droid CB-3D looks like several other astromech droids... but he's slightly different.  Is he worth tracking down?  He is if you want a Dark Trooper!  Read on!

Price Hike: 2009 Geonosis Arena Target Exclusive 2-Packs

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Since you've just had some good news, saddle up for some bad.  Rather than go to clearance, the oft-raised-and-lowered 2009 Target-exclusive Geonosis Arena 2-packs have seemingly returned but with a much higher price tag-- pennies north of $16.  If you waited on these... keep waiting.

Hasbro Reveals New Exclusive Tauntaun, Vintage Packaging, More

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Hasbro sent us another exciting batch with a mix of new images of things we've seen and new stuff. The newest of the new is the Target Exclusive Star Wars The Search for Luke Skywalker set, which sports a retooled vintage Hoth Han Solo (hood not up, dagnabbit) alongside a newly-tooled Tauntaun and a Hoth Rebel Trooper. All this and Vintage Ponda Baba on card, plus more, after the break. CLICK IT.

Hasbro Official Images: Comic-Con Revenge of the Jedi Boxed Set

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Hasbro sent us a whole mess of pictures today, so let's get started with the sharing. The Comic-Con Exclusive Revenge of the Jedi Action Figure Boxed Set is (so far) the only 2011 exclusive for this brand, and it sports mostly repacks. Of note, a variant Rebel Commando is introduced, and exclusive-to-this-set mini reackaged versions of Salacious Crumb and a Mouse Droid are included. More pics? After the break, of course!

Toys R Us to get New Republic Commando Set for Comic-Con

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, July 1, 2011

The rumors are true! Today Toys"R"Us emailed little ol' us pics and info on a new Republic Commando Delta Squad Action Figure set which will be sold at Comic-Con in San Diego, via Toys"R"Us, at the Entertainment Earth booth #2343. And yes, there are new molds in here. More pics after the jump.

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,577

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, June 30, 2011

One of the most likable critters from Jabba's Palace is the cackling puppet Salacious Crumb.  He's a jerk. What's not to love?  The 2010 release was a repaint of the 2007 release, hardly essential were it not for the fact it came with a new Jabba and Oola.  So how is he different?  Read on!

Gentle Giant Announces 2011 SDCC McQuarrie Concept Snowtrooper Bust

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, June 24, 2011

Continuing their ongoing and proud tradition, Gente Giant posted the Comic-Con Exclusive 2011 McQuarrie Concept Snowtrooper Bust!  It looks a lot like the picture.  Pre-orders are open for guild members, and the rest of us poor schmucks get to wait and cross our fingers.  Read more.

New Target Vintage 3-Packs, Same Old Boring Figures

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, June 24, 2011

If you've been enjoying Hasbro's Kenner-style Special Action Figure Set 3-packs at Target, the guys at LightGeschindigKeit.de have fully-packaged shots of more of them-- with no new figures and a few decent repacks. As always, figures are from Star Wars and Empire. Read on!

Upsized Vinyl Cape Jawa to be Comic-Con 2011 Exclusive

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Over at the Gentle Giant Blog, they revealed their next 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International exclusive: a giant Vinyl Caped Jawa!  Neato.  Guild member pre-orders are up now and for the rest of us... well, I'm crossing my fingers.

Habsro Star Wars Vintage Y-Wing Hits Australia

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, June 19, 2011

One of the dangers for holding back product announcements for one or two times a year is that leaks are pretty likely-- especially when a "leak" is a full release of the product in another country!  MouseDroid.com reports that Toys R Us Australia already has the Y-Wing Fighter for AUS$69.99.  Hasbro has still yet to confirm this item for a US release, but odds are the USA will be seeing it in July or August.

LEGO Officially Announces 10221 Star Destroyer Executor Kit

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, June 18, 2011

So remember a few months ago when we posted a shot of a really big Executor toy that LEGO hadn't announced yet? Well, LEGO announced it with some high-res pics. So let's all pretend it's a surprise and read on! (Seriously, it looks cool.)

New Hasbro Star Tours Figure Packs Out at Disney Parks

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, June 9, 2011

The new Star Tours action figure sets are at the Disney parks right now.  These new Hasbro action figure gift sets each sport at least 4 action figures plus new accessories.  Some are better than others, and they're $39.95 each.  (My pal Shannon was kind enough to pick mine up from Disneyland.)  More details after the jump from someone who hasn't been on the new ride yet. UPDATE: Called out "differences" on repackaged figures.

Sandtroopers.com Reveals Massive 2011 TRU Vintage Y-Wing Gallery

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Over at Sandtroopers.com is a Y-Wing Fighter gallery of an as-of-yet unannounced vehicle which is, clearly, an upcoming Toys R Us exclusive. Painted up similarly to the red-striped 1970s die-cast metal vehicle, this retooled vehicle has a redesigned interior plus the first-ever modern era astromech socket.  Check it out!