Comic-Con International gets underway with their customary Wednesday evening Preview night, where four day pass holders, special guests, and press are able to get in early with theoretically less foot traffic and snippet what's on the convention floor. Hasbro presented most of their Q3 releases and some exclusive goodies planned for Q4. Read our report and also peep out the photos in our Image Bank!
Here's some good news - the Amazon exclusive Hasbro Star Wars The Vintage Collection Boba Fett's Slave I vehicle has been given a $30 price drop! Pre-orders should automatically be given the new price, and if you've been holding off just click here to order yours now.
We've got some early shots of the Hasbro booth, including a peek at the Amazon and ToysRUs exclusive vehicles, the K-Mart Scanning Crew and Ewok Catapult set, and much more. Marvel at the beauty of low quality iPhone pics after the jump, and stay tuned for our Preview Night report and pics later this evening!
Just in time for Comic-Con, here's our review of the Hasbro SDCC (and Celebration Europe) exclusive Black Series Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite. Will collectors jump in to this new scale? Based on this piece, it's hard not to get excited of what's to come. Check out our review and photos after the jump, and check back tonight as our 2013 SDCC Preview Night coverage begins!
Here's more! Is it time to part with ten bucks? The 5-point-of-articulation experiment continues with a look at Hasbro's brand span-danker-in' new Star Wars 2013 Mission Series Battle Droid with 212th Battalion Clone Trooper Action Figures. If all you're after is one of each new mold, the Battle Droid and Clone are both repeated with different paint jobs elsewhere. And if you're looking for the best examples of each mold ever, these aren't them. They are decent vehicle pilots and the Clone stands up well - but are they worth army building, assuming they become available?
SEE! The pictures.
HEAR! Me speak in the video review.
READ! The review. Reading is fundamental!
Check it all out after the break. Because it's not like you're going to get much SDCC coverage until Wednesday anyway.
Now in 2-packs! The 5-point-of-articulation line continues with a look at Hasbro's brand span-danker-in' new Star Wars 2013 Mission Series Anakin Skywalker with 501st Legion Clone Trooper Action Figures. Both figures are repaints of other figures sold individually, and Anakin has more than a couple of changes from the single carded release. The clone is, of course, much bluer than the other releases.
While not necessarily an essential release, it is different enough to warrant your attention. And as usual, we have a short video for those of you who gave up reading for Lent back in 1997. Click through for belt variations and more!
The experiment continues! The 5-point-of-articulation experiment continues with a look at Hasbro's brand span-danker-in' new Star Wars 2013 Saga Legends Obi-Wan Kenobi Action Figure. It's a corporate response to inflation, rising labor costs, and a shifting set of priorities in the world of toy retail, but it has one action figure lacking of previous figures. Namely, it can sit in your vehicles without a fuss.
We're hoping to get a few more of these up before SDCC 2013, so please do read on and watch the video, too! As the great Jim Osterberg once said, "thank you for your kind indulgence."
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I'm trying a brand new review format today kids - below, find pictures, a written review, and a video for the new Star Wars Saga Legends R4-P17 Action Figure which literally showed up at my house about 9 hours ago.
...and yes, we do have comparisons of all 4 models of this figure so far, you lucky so-and-sos!
We hope you enjoy this experiment - we might not be able to do them all this way, but it covers a lot of bases!
Finally! #7 in Star Wars: The Black Series is Greedo, which Entertainment Earth has revealed in full today in all of his 6-inch tall glory. He looks great, with big shiny eyes and an appropriately puffy costumes. You'll want to see more after the jump.
Hasbro's been getting a lot of negative press lately, some of it legitimate. We recently received an e-mail from reader J. Cap that was quite refreshing that we had to post. Regardless of Hasbro's missteps in 2012 and what direction the toy company will take going forward, their customer service, at least in this case, was stellar and on point.
Since 2009, fans have asked "So when will Hasbro release the other scanning crew guy and the rest of the equipment?" Teased at Toy Fair, not one but two stories are showing off this soon-to-be-released if not out before you know it Imperial Scanning Crew from Hasbro. Two sets are coming, and you'll need to buy both to get all the troopers at Kmart in the very near future.
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Our fine sponsors (from whom you should order stuff) at Entertainment Earth posted the third round of previews of The Black Series Greedo 6-Inch Star Wars action figure. This particular installment reveals more renderings of the figure, with the final reveal of the actual toy just a few days away at this point.
The Amazon Exclusive Boba Fett's Slave I vehicle is up for grabs right now. Also, the Amazon Exclusive Vintage Collection TIE Interceptor is up for grabs. Don't delay, pre-order today! Click here to order yours, and read on for pricing and availability. These items qualify for free shipping, too. Also new Black Series Star Wars Action Figure releases are up for pre-order.
Here's a fun bit of trivia - a new SKU is hitting stores! In my quest across the desert, I found a Walmart and a Target that each had assortment #A1189, which is a new basic Lightsaber assortment - not refreshed packaging for the previous assortment, but a new SKU with a new DPCI at Target.