For the first time in years, I'm actually really pleased with a holographic figure! Obi-Wan Kenobi is exclusive to Toys R Us and started showing up in my neck of the woods over the weekend. The set has 3 figures and is $19.99, and is arguably worth the asking price. He has one point of articulation - and I'm scratching my head to name another full-size 3 3/4-inch humanoid Star Wars figure with only one joint - with a really wonderful sculpt and pose. And he's hollow. Read on!
Despite having just reset recently, Toys R Us stores are re-resetting with a new area filled with Marvel and Star Wars - Hasbro and LEGO mixed - near their usual spot in the stores. New toys are hitting right now, including the Mission Series: The Ghost set pictured here. The Ezra Bridger and Kanan Jarrus figures are assumed similar (if not identical) to the regular releases, but you'll note that there's a blacked-out window there for a third figure.
As I am lazy and the headline says most of the story, let me just quote this article from the official site regarding the next Star Wars TV show's debut:
"Leading up to its global television debut [with the October 3 telefilm], Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion will be available on Disney Channel SVOD and to verified users beginning Monday, September 29, on WATCHDisneyXD.com and the WATCH Disney XD app."
The Lucasfilm Pavilion was a plethora of activity as usual at Comic-Con, and while Disney-Lucas is reportedly planning on "thinning the herd" for their licensors, that doesn't appear to be the case yet. The focal point was on Disney XD's soon to be televised Star Wars Rebels series. Traditional exhibitors such as Her Universe, eFX, and Hallmark showed their latest and greatest. The Yoda puppet replica from eFX looks amazingly accurate and Hallmark, as usual, sells out of their convention exclusives, but gave a sneak peek of this year's Keepsake collectibles. New licensors such as Peavey with their awesome new Star Wars guitars, Vans, and Jakks with their jumbo plastic figures also were present.
As we pass a little over the halfway point of 2014, many collectors are wondering if this has been the worst year of collecting ever. While we’ve had some highlights for The Black Series, especially in the 6 inch scale, one can’t help but feel that 2014 is more of a “placeholder” year. A transition period that came as a result of the dynamic changes for the franchise in 2013 with Hasbro having to change up strategy and make quick realignments of their resources for Episode 7. It sure seems that way with the scarcity of product since the beginning of the year. But based on what Hasbro previewed during their annual Comic-Con Star Wars Day panel, we have some good things to look forward to for the back to school/holiday season and Q1 of 2015.
Hasbro provides us with official photos of their 2015 reveals from yesterday's panel. Click here to check them out!
We have uploaded photos from Hasbro's Booth post panel with the exciting new 2015 reveals. While we experienced somewhat of a lull in 2014, Star Wars Rebels and this little flick coming out later in 2015 promises an avalanche of product next year. But in the meantime, Hasbro wows our attention and hits us with amazing new figures for The Black Series, Star Wars Rebels, and Saga Legends. Click here to view all the photos in our Image Bank!
Another SDCC Preview Night has come and gone and the attendance felt like a Saturday as crowd traffic was shoulder to shoulder and the Hasbro-nites (as well as resellers) flooded HasbroToyShop's booth with fervor and frustration. This being my 15th straight Comic-Con, long lines waiting for hyped exclusives are no longer as appealing. The time was better spent shooting photos of Hasbro's booth, and while the majority of it was already previewed at Toy Fair, there were a couple of reveals including a closer look at the SDCC exclusive Jabba, the Walgreen Prototype Fett, Target's pair of Star Wars Rebels vehicles, and a few from ToysRUs and Walmart.
The wait is finally over! You can now view the full Star Wars Rebels trailer courtesy of StarWars.com's YouTube Channel.
Photos from this morning's LEGO Toy Fair media event have been uploaded to our Image Bank. There are plenty of awesome new sets scheduled to release in 2014, including ships and characters inspired by the new Star Wars Rebels series, a Star Destroyer and AT-AT, and much more. Click here to check out the gallery!
Official Hasbro images of 2014 offerings from The Black Series, Saga Legends and more have been posted in our Image Bank. Click here to check them out!
Photos from the Hasbro Toy Fair 2014 are now up on our Image Bank featuring the latest from The Black Series, Saga Legends, Mission Series, and the new "Army Men" inspired Star Wars Command assortment. Click here to check out all the visual goodness and enjoy!