For this segment of our coverage, we've posted official write-ups and press photos already so I'll just give you some booth photos of the new First Order Stormtrooper Megablaster, Force FX Obi-Wan Kenobi Lightsaber, Poe Dameron helmet, and so on. You've seen it, it's good, now see it again.
One of the surprise hits of The Black Series has been a series of higher-end fancy-boxed toy helmets from Hasbro. The Stormtrooper and Kylo Ren editions were strong sellers, and they look nice on a shelf. (My nose is too big to enjoy them.) This year, the latest release is Poe Dameron's Black Squadron helmet. Could this mean a white and blue variant is coming as someone's exclusive? I'd bet money on it. I love these things. But that's me - what does Hasbro have to say?
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES POE DAMERON ELECTRONIC HELMET
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $79.99/Available: 2017)
Put on this deluxe helmet from THE BLACK SERIES and get ready to take flight as skilled X-WING fighter pilot POE DAMERON. Experience battle like never before with a surround sound speaker system that amplifies X-WING and TIE FIGHTER vehicle sounds and transmits communications from loveable sidekick BB-8. This unique helmet features exquisite deco and movie-accurate detail, putting collectors right in the middle of the action.
Use the Force, or the lightsaber, or whatever you got lying around. This is one of the new energy blades for the year, as Bladebuilders seems to be doing as well as or better than action figures with much of the general public right now. Kids love to hit things! Hasbro sent along this press photo and block of copy for you, the viewer.
STAR WARS BLADEBUILDERS PATH OF THE FORCE LIGHTSABER
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $49.99/Available: 2017)
Young Padawans can choose to follow the dark side or the light side with this premium lightsaber! Imagine fighting on the light side by attaching a Jedi connector piece and automatically activating blue light effects, or simply switch the connector piece to battle with a red Sith blade. For more action, press the button on the connector piece to expand the hilt for ultimate customization! Compatible with BLADEBUILDERS LIGHTSABER components, each sold separately. Includes lightsaber and 2 adjustable connectors.
Hasbro sent along a bunch of goodies today, plus a new press release! First up: the Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Knight Lightsaber. With a gold blade and purple light daggers, it's pretty spiffy. The press release says:
STAR WARS BLADEBUILDERS JEDI KNIGHT LIGHTSABER
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Spring 2017)
Build a custom lightsaber fit for the most powerful Jedi in the galaxy! Extend the JEDI KNIGHT LIGHTSABER with a flick of the wrist and attach the double lightdaggers for close combat. Compatible with BLADEBUILDERS LIGHTSABER components, each sold separately. Includes yellow lightsaber, 2 purple lightdaggers, and 5 adjustable connectors. Available at most major retailers and on HasbroToyShop.com.
Hasbro's PR team kindly sent along a press release with many new and some neewish exclusives! More are coming this fall, but for now, here's a look at what you can expect on (or around) Friday, September 30. None of the 3 3/4-inch figure exclusives are listed here, but 6-inch, prop replicas, Nerf guns, and more await you after the jump.
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.