TOP NEWS: "Always in motion, the future is," and for the past 6 months, there has been a lot of big news for the franchise. The announcement of new Star Wars films, changing play habits, and increasing production costs have prompted Hasbro to re-align their strategy for 2013 by cancelling Droid Factory, shortening the retail cycle for the Yoda Line look, and introducing two new action figure assortments with one targeted towards adult collectors and the other towards children.
Our Toy Fair 2013 Hasbro Fan Media event Image Bank is now uploaded featuring shots of the new Black Series 4 and 6 inch figures, Saga Legends kid oriented line, Angry Birds, and much, much more!
Click here to visit our Image Bank and stay tuned for our full report later this evening!
Here is a demo video of the upcoming Anakin to Darth Vader 12 inch action figure from Hasbro. After viewing this in person, it's easy to see how kids (and even some adults) will get a kick out of its features. The voice changes from Anakin to Vader by attaching the armor and the lightsaber color also switches from blue to red. Check it out after the jump!
As we muti-task our coverage photos and report, Hasbro sent us official photos of what was presented and on display at Toy Fair 2013. The photos have been uploaded in our Facebook page here. Enjoy and stay tuned for more! UPDATE: Product info and MSRP added! Click ahead for the full rundown!
Wait, stop! Don't skip this one yet! This Yellow R7-Series Astromech Droid is not 2008's R7-Z0. Nope, it's actually yellower and has a different pattern on the dome. It's cool! Really! Oh, and it's at Disney Hollywood Studios. So... maybe you can get one.
It's that time again, and yes, time for another cold and snowy weekend covering the American International Toy Fair in New York City. This is our tenth year covering the show as Galactic Hunter, and this time it feels a little different because we don't know what to expect from Hasbro.
Hasbro issues their press release today for the 110th International Toy Fair in New York City. Of particular interest to Star Wars fans are an Angry Birds Jenga Rise Of Darth Vader game and the Anakin To Darth Vader 12 inch action figure.
Check out Teemto Pagalies. Not the fancy one for five bucks with all the droid stuff, but the 2012 gift set one likely on clearance at a Toy R Us near you. Why? Well, it's got a flag... and goggles that are kinda different. The paint job isn't bad.
Let's look at Clone Commander Colt, the only individually-packaged animated-style Phase II-style ARC Trooper in the entire line. Why is this? I have no idea. I assume Hasbro must hate you all, because these guys are crazy popular and the mold has been painted 4 times so far with no new releases in the last year and change. He's totally cool and totally worth owning.
Here's a video review of a brand-new item that, 24 hours ago, I didn't even know was coming out. The Target Exclusive Special Edition Yoda Tin Star Wars Fighter Pods Set is in stores right now and features Yoda, Darth Sidious, and a ton of Clones and Battle Droids in this Kashyyyk-themed set. It's also the first new exclusive item to hit retail stores in quite some time. For $24.99, it includes 18 figures, 4 pods, a Spinfire Launcher, and a tin. And you can see me talk about these Revenge of the Sith-themed mini-figures after the jump.
While I'm nursing unrelated toy-related disappointment, why not go look at ARC Trooper Blitz? He's part of a great Battle Pack which you may actually be able to find on the cheap if you know where to look. It's worth it. He's cool, man.
A spy report from the Nuremberg Toy Fair courtesy of Jedi News reveals more of what's planned in 2013 from Hasbro, including the Black Series 3.75 inch line (Vader Card) where some of the planned Droid Factory figures will end up, a "budget" Movie Heroes assortment, and a "Mission Series" 2 pack.
Click here to find out more and thanks to Dan Curto for the heads up!
Let's look at the Plo Koon figure from last year's nifty Ultimate Gift Set. As the least-nifty part of that set, this one may have escaped your attention. Is it possible there's some special detail making this an ignored gem?
Today let's look at the slick Yellow R8-Series Astromech Droid which feels more like it came from the 1970s or 1980s than a lot of the more recent designs. With no big "eye" it's a little unsettling at first, but it makes good use of the R7 torso to bring about a new, exclusive, and hard-to-find experience.
Bet on Black? Black is the new Black? Black is Back? Hasbro officially announces their new ultra awesome 6 inch scale super articulated action figures geared towards the adult collector: The Black Series. Photos and more after the jump!