Historically Hasbro has had "plussed up" toys sold at San Diego Comic-Con International - better accessories or variant deco are frequent upgrades. This time around Hasbro will offer two different versions of Luke's Landspeeder. A $59.99 mass retail version will be made, with a $89.99 one with weathered paint, an engine, and seemingly more gear for the big convention. Which should you get? Whichever you can find.
A few years ago we got a glimpse into a pretty cool Starspeeder 1000 from Disney, showing that they can make vehicles for the theme parks when Hasbro wasn't so inclined. Now according to Jedi News on Twitter, it looks like they're going to do a Sandcrawler. Start saving, it's going to be an expensive year for droid fanatics.
Since this is produced on the official timetable, you won't see some known-but-not-listed items like Wave 2 3 3/4-inch action figures, 2-packs, 6-inch figures, and so on. But what is on here may amaze you - a bunch of exclusives we've not yet seen! Read on to find out what you'll find in stores as the year goes on.
Nerdist revealed a surprisingly early burst of looks at new Rebels and movie products which, no doubt, will be part of the Rogue One branded offering during the final months of 2016. Highlights include:
Hera's A-Wing (oooh)
Electronic 12-inch Kanan Jarrus
Electronic 12-inch Darth Vader
12-inch ROTJ Speeder Bike with Biker Scout
3 3/4-inch Jakku Rey in Scavenger Outfit
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Also in stores now, the new Millennium Falcon from The Force Awakens. I saw it at Toys R Us (and got one from Entertainment Earth), and the going rate is currently $139.99. It's the same size as the vintage Kenner one from 1978, with lots of new bells and whistles - and the figures fit in it pretty well, to boot. Motion-sensing sound effects, a light-up targeting computer, and a "dirty" BB-8 figure are just some of the highlights.
...I'm also quite taken with the Nerf dart launcher. That sucker is super strong, and really fires across a room nicely. While not as big as the legendary 2008 version of this toy, I'm having plenty of fun with this one so far.
Surprising no one, the Black Series 6-inch TIE Fighter is huge. Really, really huge. I saw a pair of them today at a Phoenix area Toys R Us for $169.99 a pop.
Oh boy, new MicroMachines! Some of these are shipping now - 3 new 3-packs are part of wave 2 and I've already got them here on my desk. (2 X-Wings and a TIE, Falcon/Executor/TIE Bomber, ROTS Jedi Starfighter/ARC-170/Droid Tri-Fighter).
Other new entries include new blind bags and yes, new 5-packs. Do you want to see these? I certainly hope so, because I'm posting them for you regardless - I'm collecting these and I assume you are too. Do it.
What's this? Why, it's new Titanium Series vehicles! The A-Wing, Imperial Shuttle, Jakku Landspeeder, Anakin's Jedi Starfighter, Republic Gunship, Sith Infiltrator, and Star Destroyer are all here. (Some are returning champions.) They're all still quite cheap, thankfully, so you can get 'em in stores soon. Images after the jump.
It's here! Very few new exclusives have actually hit, but Toys R Us' exclusive First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter is out now. You get a little more paint for $42.99, a $3 markup over the regular version at $39.99.
The pilot is very similar to the regular version, but with added red stripes on his helmet. If you've seen the 181st Pilots or some of the specially marked ones from the original trilogy, you know what to expect. The TIE itself has some light brown dusting, but not any scorch marks on the wings. Just dust. The good news is that both the figure and vehicle are both visually quite interesting. The bad news is that it lowers the bar for vehicle deco variants - snow on the boots were a thing we've seen on figures for a few years, but sand damaged vehicles is, of course, a completely new thing.
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It's shipping! I got the Imperial Troop Transport from Star Wars Rebels when I ordered it at Entertainment Earth (available here now in a case with 2 per box). It's neat! It has articulated front cannons, 2 firing rockets, storage for 9 figures, and places to keep bunches of weapons. It does not have funny hats, wheels, a record player, or a large trunk for storage. Watch Six Second Toy Talk after the break to see it in action. It won't take long.
It's super tall! The Star Wars Rebels AT-DP Vehicle is able to seat one 3 3/4-inch scale action figure with another popping out the top hatch. It has moving legs, a firing rocket, and a rotating head - all of which you can see, after the jump.
It's nice! The Star Wars Rebels The Phantom Vehicle is able to seat two 3 3/4-inch scale action figures and a bunch of accessories. It has opening wings, firing rockets (well, one), and other exciting features - all of which you can see, after the jump.