Walmart stores are often a frustrating and exciting source of exclusives and bundles in November. This year, the "we were told this was canceled" Rogue One Star Wars Titan Hero Series vehicle assortment arrived at Walmart in aisle dumps along with Poe/Speederbike, Stormtrooper/Assault Walker, and some Marvel Mask/Figure 2-packs. At $10 a whack they're spectacular values for kids and something collectors in 20 years - when Titan Hero Series becomes the Mego of this generation of children - cost more than a trip to the movies for your family. But hey, you can go get these now if you're lucky.
The lines aren't necessarily terrible in all locations, and if you're one of the many toy vampires out there the after hours shopping trip will do you more good than refreshing your social media feeds and postponing sleep another hour or three.
Ewok lovers rejoice! Just in time for Return of the Jedi's 30th anniversary, LEGO announces their new Ewok Village playset complete with tons of movie inspired play features and 16 minifigures plus R2-D2. The set includes 1990 pieces and will retail for $249.99. Detail, official images, video and more after the jump!
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?
This is the Nikto Skiff Guard we've all been waiting for. It's based on the character the original 1984 Kenner action figure was referenced from and this Vintage Collection version has chock full of sculpt and paint detail that has surpassed all expectations, plus he's got 14 points of articulation to boot.
Kithaba was originally mistaken as Barada in the Kenner line, but Hasbro has updated the red trousered Klatooinian Skiff Guard for The Vintage Collection and I'm happy to see him. He's not perfect, and there are a couple of flaws in the design, but overall the figure is a winner.
Gentle Giant releases solicitations for their upcoming Star Wars Dart Board and Kenner Jumbo R5-D4. The dart board, set in high quality hardwood, features Princess Leia in her slave outfit by comic book artist Adam Hughes. R5-D4 was digitally scanned from the original Kenner figure and even includes a "clicking motion" when his head is turned. Both are slated for release in the 3rd Quarter of 2012.
Images of the upcoming Return of the Jedi Deleted Scenes wave including Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, General Cracken, Lando Calrissian, and the Mon Calamari Rebel Pilot have been posted at Sandtroopers.com. Due to a lack of good source photos, Hasbro had to rely on composite art and these turned out fantastically in our opinion.
Hasbro does a great job with an all new, nicely articulated Logray and even better having him in his original Kenner card. While the figure included in the POTF2 Ewok 2 pack wasn't bad for its time, this will be the definite version of the furry shaman for awhile.
A head swap for Rebel troop builders is always welcome. Hasbro essentially took the head from the TSC 2006 Rebel Trooper and popped it into the new TVC body and voila! "New figure". Both head variants are readily available on store pegs in both the "Return" and "Revenge" cardbacks.
A slightly repainted figure from the 2008 Rebel Pilots Evolutions set (which one can still find lingering around a few ToysRUs shelves by the way), Keyan Farlander's timely release nicely converges with that of the K-Mart B-Wing. While the figure is redubbed after a character from the 1993 X-Wing PC game, he's still one of the original Kenner 93 and neat to see in a Vintage style card.
When Hasbro released this Slave Leia figure in 2009, she came with interchangeable legs to be alternately posed sitting down in Jabba's throne. From a purely aesthetic point of view, we thought the POTJ Deluxe Slave Leia was one of the better versions of our bikini clad Princess, but the '09 figure was truly creative. Slave Leia never was released in the Vintage line making VC64 a pick for carded collectors.
This Han Solo features a redeco of the 2006 figure from the Shield Generator Assault Battle Pack . Overall, it's a good package since it offers a decent figure carded in the classic Kenner cardback and character photo. The paint job on this Han is improved from the Battle Pack version, giving him a much better likeness.
Who knew that Admiral Ackbar would evolve into an internet legend of his own with his oft quoted meme. Hasbro releases their latest print ad showcasing the Rebel leader's Vintage Collection action figure headlined with his famous, viral catchphrase.
SL17 C-3PO is a repack of The Saga Collection release from 2006 featuring the golden deity on his Ewok throne. The vac metal is quite striking and perhaps too clean on this figure, but the overall result is good and true to that particular scene from Return of the Jedi. Would an Ewok fire spit Han and Luke be too much too ask from Hasbro? Probably.