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Walmart.com Lists Imaginext Darth Vader

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, March 7, 2024

The rumors are true - maybe! Walmart posted a listing for a Imaginext STAR WARS Darth Vader Bot 2 Ft Toy Lights Sounds Stormtrooper Diecast Character Key, meaning that two of my favorite things are coming together - Star Wars and Imaginext from Fisher-Price/Mattel. (Could Playmobil be next? I can dream.) A second set is making the rounds on some image servers, and that's a giant R2-D2 with a die-cast metal C-3PO figure. Now if you're paying attention, you'll note a pattern is emerging.

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So far, the leaks have resulted in a giant R2-D2 (with a non-specific playset environment that you could squint and see as a Death Star or Blockade Runner) and a giant Darth Vader (with no obvious playset landmarks) at very high price points. As I write this I haven't heard anything about these through official channels, so I'm just speculating here - but this could be the result of licensing demands, so as not to step on Hasbro's feet.  Historically Imaginext has had single figures, blind-bag figures, 2-packs, small vehicles, medium playsets, and sometimes gargantuan toys as big as a coffee table.   It's the real deal, and you'll probably find some of them at your local Goodwill on the cheap.

Imaginext toys have been around for over 20 years, and have slowly exited most toy aisles - there used to be a big section at Kohl's, Toy R Us had a massive aisle. Right now the line has what's left of Lightyear (on clearance somewhere near you, but good toys), Batman/DC, and Jurassic World. Some non-licensed items also may be out there still, but again, distribution in American stores has been lousy for the last year. I have no idea what exactly we'll see from this line, but so far, we know two things: it's expensive, and it's proof that someone out there believes in playsets and action features in toys, made for kids, again.


Ad: New Hasbro, Funko, and Mattel for 2021 at Entertainment Earth

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, January 1, 2021

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Ad: Star Wars the Child (Baby Yoda) at Entertainment Earth

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Ad: New from Funko and Mattel, The Child from The Mandalorian is coming in 2020! Plush and vinyl are up for pre-order today!


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Ad: New Star Wars Hot Wheels Elite Entertainment Earth

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, January 2, 2019

99 Cents Only - Star Wars Dumping Ground

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, April 9, 2017

If you  have the 99 Cents Only store chain in your area, take a look inside.  Hasbro's dumping the The Force Awakens MicroMachines head playsets there for $4.99, and Hot Wheels Carships and Character Cars are there for 99 cents - I've seen Royal Guards, the Ghost, Poe's X-Wing, and others I haven't previously seen in circulation at the big box stores much/at all.  Good hunting!


New Planet-Themes Star Wars Hot Wheels Exclusives Land at Walmart

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Hot Wheels! Walmart in the USA has a new exclusive assortment of cars for $0.97 a pop.  This batch is based on planets.   It’s the third “$1″ car batch, the previous two focused on episodes and factions.

These are quite nice - while Rogue One iconography is nowhere to be seen, you’ll see some retro graphics on the side with touristy vistas, Tusken Raiders, AT-ATs, lightsaber duels, Cloud City, and more.   You’ll even notice Rey on her speeder on the Jakku one.  If you ever bought the old Burger King glasses, the art style is similar to those.

So far Walmart’s have been the only Hot Wheels sets I’ve been all-in on, thanks to the lower price point and the creative designs.    As a bonus, they all have distinctive card art.   Get ‘em if you can find them!  Designs include Kamino, Mustafar, Tatooine, Hoth, Dagobah, Bespin, Endor, and Jakku - and are numbered sequentially in order of appearance in the saga.   At this time I know of no Rogue One tie-in assortment, but we've still got a few more months.

SDCC 2016 Exclusives: Mattel Star Wars Death Star Trench

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, June 28, 2016

While Hasbro remains silent on their plans for the big show, Mattel rolled out a classic with this one.   A Death Star Trench Race set has 3 TIE Fighters and an X-Wing, but in car form with enhanced deco and electronics.  $50 for four cars in a fancy box - if you can swing it. 

Entertainment Weekly Debuts Comic-Con Stormtrooper Exclusives

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, June 11, 2015

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.

Star Wars Hot Wheels SDCC Darth Vader Goes On Sale Thursday

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, November 12, 2014

If you missed it - and you probably did - HotWheelsCollectors.com will put the Hot Wheels Star Wars Darth Vader Vehicle up at 9:00 AM Pacific for $39.99, plus a few other items.  This is similar to the one for $3.49 at Target, Toys R Us, and Walmart but has slightly different deco and swell packaging based on the lightsaber hilt from the movies along with electronic lights and sounds.  Click here for the full story.

Walmart Exclusive Star Wars Hot Wheels Preview

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Walmart just got new big bins of Fast & Furious and Batman assortments this week for 86 cents a pop.  It's a good deal.  Later this year, they'll get Star Wars Hot Wheels based on the 6 movies and the 2 most recent TV shows - 8 in all.   Hot Wheels Collectors.com has the scoop.

Ad: New Hot Wheels Star Wars Assortments at Entertainment Earth

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ad: Entertainment Earth has listed several new Hot Wheels Star Wars assortments with partial breakdowns - new character cars for Rebels and more are listed.  Want to know more? Click through and see what's up for grabs!

Hot Wheels Star Wars Hitting Stores - Playsets First

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Toys R Us' new Star Wars resets are giving both sides of an aisle over to the space opera, providing close to Episode I-levels of real estate devoted to our favorite toy line during a period where, frankly, that's just confusing.   But the advantage here is there's a lot of room to fill and the Star Wars Hot Wheels Death Star Battle Blast is in stores now.  It's $14.99, has an X-Wing car, and... that's about it, really.  See the image I took with a Nintendo 2DS, after the jump.

Hot Wheels Darth Vader Life Size Car Advertisement

By Mike — Thursday, August 7, 2014

After making its star debut at SDCC, the Hot Wheels Life Sized Darth Vader Car is now featured in a commercial sporting all its dark side prowess. Check it out after the jump and view our Hot Wheels SDCC Image Bank here.

Star Wars Hot Wheels SDCC Darth Vader Packaged in Lightsaber

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, June 11, 2014

In the never-ending arms race between Mattel and Hasbro for coolest collector exclusive at Comic-Con, one thing Mattel tends to really nail well is packaging.  How can you take a $1-$4 die-cast metal car and make it $40?  Easy - make a nice box, like this Darth Vader Die-Cast Metal Car revealed at the USA Today today.

Mattel Really Making Star Wars Hot Wheels This September

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Has Mustafar frozen over?  Sponsor Entertainment Earth posted two assortments - Hot Wheels Star Wars cars and Track Sets - with no pictures as of yet, but a September release date.  Mattel's first step into a larger world should prove exciting, as they have made die-cast metal vehicles from numerous licenses in many forms.