Tired of video previews of action figures that take a whole minute - or worse, several minutes? In the amount of time it would take you to think "yes" to yourself, you could already be watching this Six Second Toy Talk: The Black Series Darth Vader Action Figure video - and almost done with it. Check it out, after the jump.
He's good! Ree-Yees is Hasbro's finest work in the field of Gran development. If you need a figure to stand on a Sail Barge or Jabba's Throne Room diorama, there is none better. I assume most readers of this site are not concerned about figures sitting, because trying to make him sit will cause his torso to blow open. (It's easily remedied, like the ball-joint head on most figure necks.) Due to how this figure is likely to perform in your life, this is probably going to have to be rounded up to acceptable as there are no real vehicles for him right now. Is this figure the go-to Ree-Yees you've been waiting for? Yes. But read on anyway for more pictures!
It's Jabba's Skiff Guard! Or Brock Starsher, or Sgt. Doallyn, or whatever - the important thing is that this guy, with this helmet, is now a thing you can actually own. He looks like his cousins from The Legacy Collection and sports 2 neat accessories. Is he exceptional? No. Does it matter? Also no - he's a legit new character, without question, and as such a required addition to your toy shelves. Read on!
Almost the greated Darth Vader figure ever conceived is in today's Figure of the Day! The Episode III 2014 incarnation is so, so close - but the head falls off really easily. The bend-and-swivel wrists, rocker ankles, and ball-jointed torso are perfection. The ball-jointed hips? Wonderous. The sculpt is pretty good too - but if you turn the head, the helmet falls right off. Still, diorama fans should snag it and carded fans too. Read on! (Also order yours at Entertainment Earth.)
The Star Wars Command line is, at its core, green army men for Star Wars. This means we get many things that are not green, of an army, or men. The 9-packs of figures at $5-$7 each are pure joy - cheap, good, high-quality figures that are basically 40 years past their prime... but for those who appreciate toys for the sake of toys, they're unfiltered joy.
Bigger sets like Star Wars Rebels Command Millennium Falcon bring more to the table - this one has 33 "pieces", so says the box. What you really get are 6 clear vehicle stands, 6 small vehicles, 2 "sleds" to motorize the vehicles, a pull-back fully-painted Millennium Falcon, and about two dozen monocolor "army men" figures, most of which are from The Empire Strikes Back.
Read on for more! Or don't. Spend your morning working instead, when you could just be looking busy and having a good time. See if I care.
Let's talk about Star Wars Command. Bad news folks - they're really nice, and you will want some of them. The concept of "green army men" has been a part of toy culture for years - variations on the theme have been in toy shops since 1938. In subsequent years we've seen variations on the theme, like the dinosaurs, aliens, and fantasy heroes put out by Tim Mee toys (reissues of which are on Amazon now) and other creatures sold by the bucket at Toys R Us.
Hasbro even tried a similar product for Star Wars a few years ago with Star Wars Unleashed Battle Packs from 2006 to about 2010 and Fighter Pods from 2012-2013. They were painted and averaged about $2.00-$2.50 per figure. Hasbro's latest offering (in stores and online now) is Star Wars Command, a line of figures measuring a hair over 2-inches tall and about 50 cents or less each. The unpainted figures are quite charming - but should you go get some?
Read on for more! Or don't.
So, ready for a new General Grievous? I was! This one is tall, and that's great. He stays standing unassisted longer than his predecessor, but the Mission Series figure will still topple over in a matter of hours. As such, he'll need a doll stand - but he fits in the Grievous' Starfighter vehicle, and looks pretty fantastic. Should you get one? Read on!
Another one! This Obi-Wan Kenobi (Mission Series Utapau) is a tiny bit different from the normal release - probably not enough for most people to notice, so like Darth Vader you may wish to skip it unless you want that pretty cool - and huge - General Grievous from the 2-pack. Read on!
At Entertainment Earth, the really cool Hasbro Star Wars Clone Republic Attack Shuttle Vehicle is 56% off, but only until midnight tonight! This hybrid vehicle/playset has tons of moving parts and can essentially transform from a really nice ship to a battle bunker of sorts. It also has a unique Clone Trooper pilot mold and a white blaster rifle you won't find elsewhere. It's only $35.00 until midnight tonight, so click here and buy yours now!
If you like Bespin, you'll probably dig Luke Skywalker from the Mission Series. Sure, it comes with a Darth Vader you probably own - but this Luke has 5 joints and a working holster! It ain't bad - it could use yellower hair, but you can't get lemon-headed figures all the time I guess. Read on!
This Darth Vader was packaged with Luke in a Bespin Mission Series 2-pack. It's virtually identical to a 2013 release, save for some of the chest sculpting and other batch variances. The Luke ain't bad, but he's tomorow - read on to find out more about Darth Vader!
Oh... yeah! Figure of the Day is back with Darth Sidious, a simultaneously fantastic and weird take on the Sith Lord from the most recent Star Wars movie which, at 9 years old, means we're all dying. Slowly. It's a fun figure, particularly the split robe pants - these are just fantastic. Read on!
The Hasbro SDCC Exclusive Jabba the Hutt Playset is now available online for pre-sell at HasbroToyShop.com for $64.99 each. Click here to order yours and here to shop the rest of the exclusives. UPDATE: Sold out at around 8:10 am PT.
The Walmart exclusive 2.5 foot Star Wars Rebels Millennium Falcon is now available for pre-order online. Features include a rotating radar dish, turning canon, and label sheets for $59.96. Click here to pre-order yours for an expected 10/07 ship date.
As we pass a little over the halfway point of 2014, many collectors are wondering if this has been the worst year of collecting ever. While we’ve had some highlights for The Black Series, especially in the 6 inch scale, one can’t help but feel that 2014 is more of a “placeholder” year. A transition period that came as a result of the dynamic changes for the franchise in 2013 with Hasbro having to change up strategy and make quick realignments of their resources for Episode 7. It sure seems that way with the scarcity of product since the beginning of the year. But based on what Hasbro previewed during their annual Comic-Con Star Wars Day panel, we have some good things to look forward to for the back to school/holiday season and Q1 of 2015.