It's weird, but not unheard of that a figure becomes famous for his gun. This Sandtrooper is a huge improvement over the 2010 Vintage release, and it includes most of the same stuff with an added pair of bonus items. One is a Special Edition-inspired Probe Droid. The other, a unique rifle with an artculated three-piece design which puts it in line with the vintage Kenner 3-Position Laser Rifle. With creeping price increases, this is a good way to add value to a repaint.
The deco is good, but the sculpting is great. Tons of articulation make this Scout Trooper the perfect companion to the new exclusive Speeder Bike, with additional head articulation improving your life in so many ways. I assume you know you'll have to buy this one.
Check out Darth Malgus, as it's a figure that my abacus says you want. Why? It looks cool. It's from a video game. It's a Sith Lord And oh yes, after six months it's still quite hard to find. You want to know more, don't you? Is it worth the effort to track down? Is it worth the $50 at a convention? All this and a zesty new way to make pudding.
Let's look at this Omega Squad Demolitions figure, which is effectively Republic Commando Scorch done up in black. You should be sold already, after all, black repaints are like cheap, cheap candy to fans of articulated plastic. (I buy a lot of this sort of thing.) Is it worth your while to pick up this hard-to-find exclusive?
Today let's look at Colonel Cracken, another "name debut" that technically already had a figure a few years ago. It's not bad, the sculpted vest is a nice touch.
It's uncommon for a figure to be demanded by fans for over 12 years, but Mawhonic made the list... and we're getting him twice this year. A "Discover the Force" version may still be at a Walmart near you, while a Vintage Collection version (sans stand and flag) will be an online exclusive any week now.
It's Widdle Warrick! This is a pretty decent mashup of his appearances in the Star Wars saga, with his orange fur and white cheeks. Technically it's his first figure, but another, similar figure was sold under a different name in 2007. Since this figure is just now really starting to hit Kmart stores, should you track him down this week?
There were about 25 unique domes released at Star Tours for the Droid Factory setup, and the Black and White R8-Series Astromech Droid is one of my favorites. It has no big eye to speak of, but its head has a built in nacho dip bowl.
There are a lot of Clone Trooper figures, to the point where there are so many variants and repaints that some items are the stuff of legends. This green redeco of the crouching mold from the 3-packs which were sold at the back half of 2003 were like pre-posed army soldiers, what you see is basically what you get. Despite promotional images showing packs of 3 uniquely colored troopers being distributed, sets always had 3 white troopers or 2 white and 1 colorful trooper. Some were tough to get in certain regions, I had a heck of a time finding this green one and the yellow one. Is it worth tracking down?
This is a Mace Windu test shot I got off of eBay which explains why you shouldn't buy test shots off of eBay. Why? It's crumbling. The rubbery arm plastic was made much better for the final product, but the reason you want to see this one is it has the unused plastic cape which was shown on the packaging of the production figure. And it's unpainted. Neat?
Check out Mace Windu, a nifty artifact from a period where Hasbro really didn't have a clear and firm grasp on if they were selling toys or collectibles. Sculpts improved, as did action features, but articulation was pretty weak. This deluxe figure had a nifty spring-loaded sleeve and a blow-apart droid as accessories.
The evolution of the action figure at Hasbro has taken a lot of weird twists and turns. At one point they were all engineered to be toys for kids, and now they're basically modestly-priced plastic collectibles for adults... but not this Darth Vader. Despite having one of the best sculpts in years, the engineering seems to be better for kids to play with, or as a desk accessory. When we looked at Boba Fett from this set, it became our most-read FOTD of 2012... so you're gonna want to read this one, right?
If you didn't spend all day counting the seconds to the Banimon figure launch, perhaps you will want to read about the late 2010 Obi-Wan Kenobi. Season 3. Thin. Awesome?