Here is today's Hasbro Comic-Con presentation uploaded in our Image Bank. You can also view it in a Quicktime movie below. Enjoy!
Hasbro lead sculptor David Vennemeyer has a few things cooking in his kitchen and shared a few delicacies this afternoon in his portable workshop at the Hasbro booth, including an unpainted shot of what is shaping up to be a nicely articulated Mawhonic and the upcoming TRU exclusive Spider Assassin Droid and her "little babies. Last but certainly not least, that new and upcoming super articulated Battle Droid can be folded up to sit! Take a look!
We mentioned Hasbro's tendency to stagger their reveals during these events. The afternoon after their Comic-Con panel, Hasbro displays their forthcoming The Phantom Menace and ROTJ Deleted Scenes waves slated for release in the beginning of 2012! And these look spectacular! The TPM wave includes Padawan Anakin, Quinlan Vos, Ben Quadrinaros, Ratts Tyerell, Daultay Dofine, and a Naboo Royal Guard, while the ROTJ wave has Deleted Scene Luke, Leia, Lando, General Cracken, and a Mon Calamari Pilot!
Revenge is a dish best served cold, and in Hasbro's case, sometimes repackaged. The Hasbro's Comic-Con panels normally provides good copy and there were a few nice revelations, and this session provided a mixed bag. For whatever it's worth, the Star Wars line is entering a 16th year of modern iteration and most screen characters have been done again and again...and again.
Hasbro finally delivers a Han Solo in Bespin outfit that we can truly term as the definitive version so far. The dead on facial likeness, super- articulation, and even the "Han-ness", that cocky swagger, is evident in this figure. Sure Hasbro. for their own reasons. didn't include the leg strap, but it doesn't diminish an otherwise excellent execution.
The summer kicks off with a new print ad from Hasbro featuring the bounty hunter, Zam Wessel, and the Attack of the Clones wave in their retro vintage carded glory. Enjoy!
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.
Because you love this kind of stuff, I've got some impressions of Hasbro Star Wars The Vintage Collection Wave 6 for you! This new batch of figures started shipping to online stores just after Toy Fair, meaning you can either grab them online or hunt them down in your favorite-- or least-favorite-- local stores. What does the first truly mixed wave of new, non-repainted figures have for you? Read on!
A holdover from Wave 2 Revenge of the Sith, Yoda gets remixed somewhat in Wave 5. Featuring a vastly improved repainted head sculpt from the 2007 Kybruck figure along with that version's torso, Vintage Yoda sports new swivel jointed arms and ball jointed shoulders and knees. The cloak also fits nicely, and as Adam Pawlus noted in this week's Q&A, lacks a hood and features some Dagobah like weathering. In whole, it's a great figure and we really like the inclusion of The Force blast/shield accessory.
Since he was first released for The 30th Anniversary Collection in 2007, this super articulated and removable helmet version of Commander Gree with superior paint deco has seen a couple of re-issues as a "Greatest Hit". He's definitely worth picking up for the nice look of the Vintage card alone. And if you've yet to collect him loose after almost 4 years, here's another chance.
The sculpt for Han Solo (Yavin Ceremony) was originally seen in Legacy Collection BD30 Han Solo (Death Star Escape). But in a testament to the nuanced improvement in paint and paint application, the new Vintage Collection figure looks remarkably better.
This Stormtrooper, while recycling some parts from 2007's 30th Anniversary Collection version (head) and 2009's Sandtrooper packed in with the Walmart Dewback (body) is a pretty good effort. It suffers from loose helmet syndrome and the cardback wrongly depicts its first issue on an Empire Strikes Back card, but you can do far worse for $9 to $10 bucks. It will be interesting to see how this figure sells next to the lingering Vintage Sandtrooper.
This R5-D4 unit, forgive the pun, has a B.A.D. motivator. The sculpt and detachable parts harken back to Build-A-Droid R5-C7 from 2009, with some minor improvements in deco accuracy. Sure it's mainly rehash, but you gotta admit that "Star Wars" vintage card front with the classic photo gives reminiscent goose bumps of picking one up as a wide eyed eight year old at Gemco and Fedmart. Yeah, we go way back kids.
Featuring a new head sculpt and an updated Resurgence of the Jedi body now with a soft goods skirt and Stormtrooper belt, Death Star Escape Luke Skywalker is a worthy interpretation of the moisture farmboy. The commlink is detachable, the soft goods allow a little more poseability, and it's certainly one of the better ANH Luke head sculpts yet. There will be a robust debate on whether this is a better likeness over the Resurgence figure, but it ultimately falls on the eye of the beholder because both are pretty well executed.
The VC15 Clone Trooper is updated with yellow deco and an additional blaster rifle to transform into a 212th Battalion Clone Trooper that will adequately army build and re-enforce your Battle of Utapau diorama. The removable helmet gives this version the advantage over the 2006 Saga Collection version, although that yellowing discoloration on the helmet isn't battle damage. It's just the yellowing and discoloration of cheaper grade plastics.