Hasbro has increasingly referred to their vehicle-with-figure assortment as "Mini-Rigs," and for a while it seemed baffling why. These vehicles were mostly bikes and guns, not exactly tiny versions of big-screen vehicles or off-camera hardware. Well, we got a couple of samples-- Y-Wing Scout Bomber and a Republic Scout Speeder-- and we will kindly eat our words now. Each vehicle includes an exclusive Clone Trooper figure and includes play features generally unseen in Hasbro's vehicles of this size. They're small, fun, and are arguably more than worth your cash if the word "mini-rig" gets you excited.
UPDATE: Added some notes on weapons storage and compatibility with other large vehicles.
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After being revealed in the new issue of Previews (shipping to homes, offices, and comic shops now) Rebelscum found a packaged image of the new Y-Wing Scout Bomber, a new mini-rig type of vehicle seemingly very much inspired by the 1980s toys of Kenner.
News! While Hasbro has yet to reveal images of this to the press or their retail partners, the Jedi Temple Archives have found the AV-7 Mobile Cannon Vehicle and have in- and out-of-the-box images! Wow! Go check it out.
While there's no picture or exact description of what it is just yet, our sponsor Entertainment Earth has listed a Mandalorian Gunship as a part of the Starfighter vehicle assortment. More as we have it, but you can go look at the listing now if you'd like. If ever there was a time to stock up on generic Mando troopers, this might be it.
One of the dangers for holding back product announcements for one or two times a year is that leaks are pretty likely-- especially when a "leak" is a full release of the product in another country! MouseDroid.com reports that Toys R Us Australia already has the Y-Wing Fighter for AUS$69.99. Hasbro has still yet to confirm this item for a US release, but odds are the USA will be seeing it in July or August.
Over at Sandtroopers.com is a Y-Wing Fighter gallery of an as-of-yet unannounced vehicle which is, clearly, an upcoming Toys R Us exclusive. Painted up similarly to the red-striped 1970s die-cast metal vehicle, this retooled vehicle has a redesigned interior plus the first-ever modern era astromech socket. Check it out!
Update: A round, silver embossed Toys R Us exclusive sticker can be seen in one of the auction images.
A new Y-Wing Fighter has been confirmed by eBay, or at least, a convincing packaging mock-up has surfaced in Australia. Following the Kmart exclusive B-Wing Fighter, it seems this is a tweaked version of the 1983 toy yet again, with some important upgrades.
If you collected vehicles from the 1978-1985 era of Star Wars toys, you no doubt recall some gorgeous photography on the boxes. Not being one to miss a good opportunity, Hasbro (by way of the great Sandtroopers.com) seems to be giving Kmart an exclusive Vintage B-Wing! Read on for more.
The upcoming Republic Attack Shuttle is this year's BIG ship featuring plenty of features in vehicle and battle mode. Check out this Hasbro Toy Fair showroom video demonstrating its many capabilities. The pricepoint is $79.99, includes a pack-in Clone, and is slated for release this fall. Enjoy!
You'll now have to add the Walmart exclusive TIE Bomber to your hunt list. Mickey Gunslinger found two while searching for the newly out ROTJ wave at at a store in Chula Vista, CA. The pricepoint is $38.97. Happy Hunting!
The Toys R Us exclusive Rise of Boba Fett Ultimate Battle Pack is now online at TRU.com for $109.99 and FREE Shipping! The set includes the new and improved Slave 1, Mace Windu's Jedi Starfighter, and 5 action figures. Click here to order yours!
If you picked up the new Slave I in the Toys "R" Us exclusive "Rise of Boba Fett" Ultimate Battle Pack (in stores now), you may have noticed a few special compartments-- and maybe even guessed what they could be used, or repurposed, for. We took the liberty of taking some quick shots of the Carbonite chamber in these storage areas. Click through for pictures!
Galactic reader Erik Y. found the new Ultimate Battlepack "Rise of Boba Fett" Slave 1 at his ToysRUs store in Pittsburgh and sends in these cool photos of its pilot touring the newfangled cockpit. This is an awesome new vehicle with lots of extras that are hitting TRUs now. Can't wait for the ESB version! Happy Hunting!
Preview night was the normal bustle of critical mass as attendees try to cover the Comic-Con floor, check out the latest and greatest, and buy their exclusives all in the span of 2 1/2 hours. Hasbro once again gives a good showcase centered around a huge and masterfully done Hoth diorama, complete with key scenes from Echo Base and a spectacular recreation of the battle of Hoth. Link to Comic-Con Image Bank