Gentle Giant has always been pretty ingenius when it comes to their Holiday Edition busts. We can usually expect some kind of twist on a Star Wars theme like a or Holiday Max Rebo or Yakface. However, when it comes to their summer convention exclusives, it's been an overwhelming offering of Clones and Troopers. There's perfectly sensible reasoning behind this, since these types of minibusts normally sell through fairly well. For the 2012 convention season, starting with this month's WonderCon, Gentle Giant takes a different approach and offers a piece that is fun, whimsical, commemorative, and what Adam Pawlus refers to quite appropriately as an iconic cultural touchstone.
Gentle Giant announces their WonderCon 2012 exclusive and it's a pretty cool one to celebrate the release of The Phantom Menace 3D. Yoda with 3D Glasses will be exclusive to the show, which takes place in Anaheim, CA from March 16-18.
Walmart.com has launched a Discover The Force 3D Gallery featuring various images that can be viewed with the special 3D glasses included with their DTF exclusives. Most images are featured on the DTF packaging and cardbacks but a few are rather new, including a cool dioramic preview of the upcoming MTT! Thanks to Jayson at Yakface.com for the keen eye!
Walmart appears to be the retailer of choice for exclusives in 2012 with their "Discover The Force" campaign. Each Hasbro Star Wars merchandise includes a pair of 3D glasses and a 3D image on the packaging to share the concept with the TPM re-rerelease. The Royal Starship Droids aren't entirely new but it is a great Battle Pack that evokes one of my favorite scenes in the film which re-introduces R2-D2 as always saving the day.
The Target exclusive Evolutions Light Movie Heroes The Rise of Darth Vader and Emergence of the Sith 2 Packs are now out. The retail is $14.99 each and the DPCI is 087060121.
At a short glance, all four figures appear to be re-issues with slight paint modifications. Happy Hunting!
ToysRUs is putting out merchandise early prior to the January 30th street date and their pending Feature Shop. We found their exclusive Podracer Pilots ($26.99) and Vintage Class II Attack Vehicles ($31.99) in their Scottsdale, AZ store. They've also put out The Vintage Collection TPM Wave, Movie Heroes and Clone Wars Wave 1, and Fighter Pods. Happy Hunting!
Yakface.com reports that the Walmart exclusive Discover The Force Dewback and Vulture Droid were found at a local store for $29.98 each. Happy Hunting!
***SOLD OUT*** The Walmart Discover The Force exclusive Royal Starship Droids and Mos Espa Arena Battle Packs are now available online at Walmart.com for $24.96 each! Save time, gas and shipping and choose Site to Store to have it delivered to your local Walmart!
The new Walmart U.S. exclusive Discover The Force figures were reported being found across the pond in the U.K.at a local ASDA store by a poster in the Rebelscum Forums
The ToysRUs exclusive Podracer Pilots Action Figure Pack is now online at ToysRUs.com. The set features re-issues of Dud Bolt, Clegg Holdfast, Gasgano, Mars Guo, and Teemto Pagalies as well as their flags. It's in stock now and retails for $26.99. Click here to order!
Following up on Adam's Wal-mart post, select Target stores have also begun marking down their Vintage Tauntaun and Landspeeder exclusives along with their exclusive Search For Lukeskywalker Battle Pack. A couple of stores in San Diego have them marked down to $17.48 (regularly $24.99). Happy Hunting!
They were originally slated to hit in August, but Wal-Mart's exclusive pair of mini vehicles hit stores this week. Our pal MeisterShake on Twitter gave me the tip, and I checked two local Wal-Marts and sure enough, they were both stocked with the vehicles at just under $17 each. (Oh, and they have shots of canceled toys on the boxes.)
Click through for a few images and impressions, after the break.
A stealth exclusive? Yup! Take note of this one, kids, because this is one of the ones you might skip and kick yourself about in about four years if the secondary market prices on Galactic Heroes are any indication. This new Jedi Force Clone Wars Adventure Pack is $14.99, in some Targets now on a special mixed Playskool/Imaginext endcap, and is-- say it with me-- just different enough to make you mad.