We've posted photos from today's Hasbro panel and booth. There are a few things to be excited about, including a TRU Vintage Slave I in 2013 and images of new Droid Factory and Clone Wars figures. Not much in terms of exclusives, but a new assortment of down-sized Class II vehicles to make them more affordable for the mommy market will surely cause debate.
TOP STORY: From the bowels of Orlando, it's Hasbro! Since the debut of their booth was packed with previously unveiled items, the level of excitement for the big slideshow was even higher than usual. Armed with a laptop and my pals Mike and Shannon, we aim to bring you not-very-timely information on this grand event.
This is all you want to know; there wasn't anything new today. With no show exclusive and a scaled down presence for Celebration VI, Hasbro was remarkably low key for Day 1. Yet Hasbro Star Wars brand reps were engaging inquiring fans in other ways such as demonstrating the various features of the new MTT and diplomatically answering questions about distribution, which quite frankly, has reached its saturation point from a reporting point of view.
Every now and again, some of our favorite action figures have a patron saint. Nho'Apakk was one such figure, although the news of his patron isn't so rosy. Find out why this figure rocked, and some sad news when you read on.
While not quite a figure, but way cooler than just an accessory, this year's SDCC exclusive Jar Jar Binks in Carbonite is a real oddity. You can sort of see it in The Force Unleashed, it has a great sculpt, but it's a little small to fit Jar Jar. Yet it's one of the most compelling items of the year.
It's Tippet, a brand-new Toys R Us exclusive Ewok with 2 weapons and 2 hoods from his 2 appearances in Marvel Comics! I like this one a bunch, and since you asked for more Ewoks, here you are! Read on!
It's Princess Leia in Bespin Gown, part of the latest wave (and Comic-Con exclusive pack) from Hasbro! Even though the last one was good, this one is an improvement. Should you get one?
New for 2012, but old now, is the first-ever movie-specific Quinlan Vos figure. Based on a background extra, this presumed authentic release looks fantastic. Should you get one?
While not as new as some recently featured figures, Yoda is no less impressive! This tiny figure is more of a statue than an action figure, and he's super-cheap on eBay. The figure has an amazing paint job and, frankly, looks better than a lot of the movie Yodas out there.
It's the new Jek Porkins, just now arriving at Toys R Us stores! Part of a Yavin Pilot Pack, the figure is a little bit bigger than his fellow pilots but thinner than the 2000 figure.
Hasbro repaints 2009's awesome AT-ST mold, repacks it in a Vintage Collection box, and offers it up as a K-Mart exclusive. For $34.99, it's rightly priced without a figure compared to the $44 that included one with the Legacy Collection Wal-Mart exclusive. Are the superb Vintage packaging and enhanced deco enough to make you collect another Chicken Walker?
Hasbro may not have an exclusive for Celebration VI, but they still have something planned for their booth, including another Droid Factory Parts Swap. They also officially confirm the internet only exclusivity of Vintage Wave 7: