"The Force will be with you, always." No kidding! As we at Galactic Hunter begin coverage of our twelfth, respective, Hasbro event at Toy Fair, we are awestruck by the breadth of the modern line, as it continues to expand into its 16th year! [Some collectors have had children who couldn't even play with action figures graduate high school by now!]
Hasbro put on their fancy duds today to show off their latest new and shiny goodies for 2011. Here's a PDF of the Power Point presentation for your perusal. The whole gang is here - including Bastilla Shan (not shown in the showroom) and the Mail-Away Prototype Empire Strikes Back Boba Fett. Enjoy, and let us know what you think of this year's starting line-up.
The upcoming Republic Attack Shuttle is this year's BIG ship featuring plenty of features in vehicle and battle mode. Check out this Hasbro Toy Fair showroom video demonstrating its many capabilities. The pricepoint is $79.99, includes a pack-in Clone, and is slated for release this fall. Enjoy!
Our first wave of images from the Hasbro Toy Fair presentation are up and ready for your perusal. We have Jedi, an Ewok, and Sith Lords - oh my! (Look for the "next" link at the bottom to scroll through the pix and keep the fun rolling!) As always, feel free to comment. What do YOU think about this year's haul?
The official Toy Fair presentation images from Hasbro have been added to our Image Bank as we work through our "on the scene shots". Some figures like Bastilla Shan were not on display, so the official image is the only way to see her. Also note that Barris Offee will have a plastic cloak, not the soft goods version shown. (The aesthetic did not quite match the look Hasbro desired.)
A few notes on this afternoon's Hasbro presentation:
The big news announcement, especially for Vintage Collection fans is the specially carded Revenge of the Jedi cardbacks featuring the unproduced title and logo for Episode VI. There will be 12 figures carded with this logo including a new Slave Leia, B-wing Pilot, Death Star Luke. These will not be considered chase Galactic Hunt figures and should be readily available in retail.
We are as live as we can be at the Hasbro Collector Event at Toy Fair in New York City. Keep your eyes on this article as we update. Vintage continues through 2012.. Clone Commander Wolf. Grievous With Mini Speeder. RC Republic Tank.
Hasbro loves upgrades, and this Obi-Wan Kenobi takes a good figure and makes it even better by adding cloth robes plus jointed knees and ankles. Packaged with your choice of vehicles, it's a great, great figure you really need to get for piloting purposes. Read on!
He had to come up eventually! Jabba the Hutt was the most sought-after exclusive of late summer 2010, and today? Half price. Life just isn't fair, but even if you paid full price for this guy, I expect you'll like it. Want to see more? Read on!
A holdover from Wave 2 Revenge of the Sith, Yoda gets remixed somewhat in Wave 5. Featuring a vastly improved repainted head sculpt from the 2007 Kybruck figure along with that version's torso, Vintage Yoda sports new swivel jointed arms and ball jointed shoulders and knees. The cloak also fits nicely, and as Adam Pawlus noted in this week's Q&A, lacks a hood and features some Dagobah like weathering. In whole, it's a great figure and we really like the inclusion of The Force blast/shield accessory.
While we just got a pretty nice vintage version of this figure, it's worth noting that this Super Battle Droid has ball-jointed ankles. And this one came from last year, too! Should you track down this Target exclusive? Read on!
Since he was first released for The 30th Anniversary Collection in 2007, this super articulated and removable helmet version of Commander Gree with superior paint deco has seen a couple of re-issues as a "Greatest Hit". He's definitely worth picking up for the nice look of the Vintage card alone. And if you've yet to collect him loose after almost 4 years, here's another chance.
The sculpt for Han Solo (Yavin Ceremony) was originally seen in Legacy Collection BD30 Han Solo (Death Star Escape). But in a testament to the nuanced improvement in paint and paint application, the new Vintage Collection figure looks remarkably better.
When the Clone Wars movie first hit fans asked when they could expect a Jungle Camo ARF Trooper. Well, not exactly-- they asked where they could buy those cool scouts, but this is what they turned out to be. You should get two-- not one, but two. Read on!
This Stormtrooper, while recycling some parts from 2007's 30th Anniversary Collection version (head) and 2009's Sandtrooper packed in with the Walmart Dewback (body) is a pretty good effort. It suffers from loose helmet syndrome and the cardback wrongly depicts its first issue on an Empire Strikes Back card, but you can do far worse for $9 to $10 bucks. It will be interesting to see how this figure sells next to the lingering Vintage Sandtrooper.