Editor's note: Adam wrote this up as he sat in the panel. As such, it makes about as sense as you might expect for first-impressions as they happen.
Argle bargle panel! It's dark, it's noon, and I'm sitting near the back of a partially filled conference room. Jeff Labovitz is starting the talk with a bunch of other people whose names are too far away for me to see with all the heads in the way.
Hasbro plans on the big reveals after their SDCC panel today at 12 PT. While the bulk of Episode 7 product won't be officially released until Force Friday in September, we've been told there will be some exciting reveals today. Be sure to check back for our report.
Thanks once more to my pal Shannon, we've got a R2-Series Astromech Droid Grey and Green (not R7-A7) - plus a bunch more as part of the second wave of figures. With this one there's a fine line between "proper configuration" and "I need one of each part," so you're seeing the "I need one of each part" configuration. How does Ahsoka's droid translate to realism via theme park? Read on!
It's time! The article has it all: Poll: Vote for the Next Star Wars: The Black Series 6-inch Figure.
At press time Darth Revan is winning with more than twice as many votes as Sabine at #2. Also, registration is not required to vote - so just go click on someone if you want Revan, or someone else.
Guess what - next week your sneak preview figure goes up for sale in San Diego! It's today's Figure of the Day. Read about Stormtrooper (First Order) right now, or don't. It comes in a neat slipcase with a booklet hidden in the back. I've got many pictures for you if you read on!
My pal who I will call Juan Nonymous sent along sample shots of the Jabba's Rancor Pit gift set Jabba the Hutt in comparison with the 2010 model from Walmart. This new-for-2015 version is a 100% new mold with new deco, meaning it is... say it with me...
"Just different enough to make you mad." Well, not Jabba, Jabba's new and interesting. The rest of the set is as interesting as your collection isn't - it's great stuff if you don't got it yet. This set will be sold at the Entertainment Earth Booth at Comic-Con next week, on Toys R Us.com, and probably retail stores too. Want to see more images? Check after the jump.
The results are in! Hasbro asked for our top 6 choices for the Fan's Choice Black Series Star Wars Poll, and here we have them for you - interestingly, the winner is someone you've seen as a controversial Fan's Choice winner (or runner-up) in the past. Even more interestingly, we had a four-way tie for third. Who are those tie fighters? Find out, after the break.
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...despite the graphic, we're actually very excited to report that one of our favorite fan events is making a long-awaited return! Rejoice!
Given that we're not even two years into the 6-inch line, it's pretty amazing that Hasbro has made this announcement: "Hasbro is pleased to once again invite you and your readers to help determine its next STAR WARS Fans’ Choice figure! And for the first time ever, the STAR WARS Fans' Choice poll will choose a 6-inch scale STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES figure!"
Wow! Well, the good news is we get to have a say in who's coming. The bad news is that since it's a little early, it probably won't get weird - after all, we haven't got the main cast of the original Star Wars yet, nor Lando, nor Jango, nor Made Windu or any of Jabba's stooges. As such a popular movie character will no doubt get the nod before an Expanded Universe favorite like Fordo or Mara Jade.
So how do you, the reader, participate? (UPDATE: You can't! Comments are now closed and votes are being tallied.)
EW, girl, EW. Over at Entertainment Weekly, you can read the descriptively titled article Check out an exclusive look at the first toys from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It gives you a look at the $25 Black Series debut Stormtrooper as well as Mattel's Hot Wheels car and a LEGO buildable figure.
You probably don't need Darth Vader (Dagobah Test) if you've been collecting for the last 15 years, but it's not terrible. With a great head sculpt and a neck that's a tad too long, it repurposes a 2005 body - a good one - for your collecting pleasure. Read on!
Let's finish up this look at the first round of 2015 exclusives (more are coming in round 2) with the R2-Series Astromech Droid Blue and Yellow edition - this one is really close to the unreleased 2012 R8-B7! And he has a swell hat, assuming of course that's the hat you opted for when you built him at a Disney park this year. We switch gears tomorrow, so read on!
If you just can't wait for (most likely) September, you can part with your money early by clicking here to see the new 6-inch Stormtrooper. There is no packaging shown and you can see the blaster - it's pretty sweet! There's also a backpack peg, which may mean there are multiple versions of this figure on the horizon. Check it out.
So now we're up to 25 of these in the 2015 series - but I'm still working through the first 11! Today it's the R8-Series Astromech Droid White and Blue version, and there's an orange one coming shortly. Amazing. Get one if you dare, and read on!