Q&A: Star Wars Prices, Distribution, and Sizes

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, May 26, 2019

This week in Q&A - Let's talk tariffs! Are your toys going to get more expensive just as stores seem to be phasing out Star Wars? Distribution! The mail bag must be empty if we're going there now. And does size matter - no wait, this is about scales. Well, close enough, that sounds more audacious. Read on!

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Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,588: Grand Moff Tarkin (The Retro Collection)

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, May 23, 2019

Hasbro tricked you into buying a 42-year-old board game you didn't want so you could own the Grand Moff Tarkin (The Retro Collection).  It's appropriately old-school feeling, and you can see it borrows elements from the Imperial Commander figure from The Empire Strikes Back line. They even left the gloved hands and painted them in a flesh color, with some modifications to the right hand's fingers to better grip a gun.  Hasbro did a good job here - should you run out and buy it?  Read on!

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,587: Princess Leia Organa (Hoth, The Vintage Collection)

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The 2019 Princess Leia Organa (Hoth, The Vintage Collection) is an improvement from the 2010 release.  The head has been given the new face-printing technology and she has a less-pale fleshtone.  The outfit is cleaned up with no layer of dirt or grime on it.  Also, you can probably order it online right now.  Read on!

Q&A: Star Wars Sizes, Stores of Tomorrow, and Themerey

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, May 19, 2019

This week in Q&A - Meet the new stores! Well... they might be the same as the old stores. If they happen at all. Size in Star Wars! Digital assets are a thing now, are they hurting toy development? Well, yeah, but it's not like I can tell y'all all of why just yet. Also themes, which like memes are everywhere.

Be sure you send in your questions for next time. At press time I've got one question on deck for next week. Read on!

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,586: Luke Skywalker (Endor, The Vintage Collection)

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, May 16, 2019

This new Luke Skywalker (Endor, The Vintage Collection)  is the 2010 figure with new packaging and new paint on the head.  Other than that, it's pretty simialr to what you got a long time ago - are things like improved lips and eyes worth the upgrade?  Read on!

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,585: Mace Windu (The Black Series 6-Inch)

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, May 14, 2019

It's Mace Windu (The Black Series 6-Inch)!  Not only did Hasbro make a good figure with a great sculpt, but we got cloth Jedi robes that are actually pretty good.  Read on!

Q&A: Retro Tarkin Musing, Star Wars Casepacks, Exclusives, and Sizes

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, May 12, 2019

This week in Q&A - Casepack sizes! Also Lost Exclusives! And Sizes matters! It really does!

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Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,584: Han Solo (Mimban, The Black Series 6-Inch)

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, May 9, 2019

It's time to see Han Solo (Mimban, The Black Series 6-Inch) from that movie you probably still need to see.  He has a helmet, cape, goggles, blaster, and at least mine has one bum elbow.   Read on!

Disney Shakes Up Everything: May 2019 Edition

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, May 7, 2019

So a lot happened today.  Indiana Jones V is (as far as we know) still set for 2021, but Disney has delayed and announced a ton of movies with a few still yet-to-be announced.  Avatar 2 got pushed to 2021 with sequels every other year - so 2023, 2025, and 2027.  For those keeping track, that means Avatar 2 will be out 12 years after the first movie.  The time between Return of the  Jedi  and The Phantom Menace was 16 years.

3 unspecified Star Wars movies are now set for Christmas 2022, 2024, and 2026.  Marvel movies from Fox are also getting delayed, or possibly retooled or buried.  Click here for more from Variety.

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Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,583: Dryden Vos (The Black Series 6-Inch)

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, May 7, 2019

This Dryden Vos (The Black Series 6-Inch) turned out well - it's also the only one, another 6-inch figure that doesn't (hopefully only yet) exist as a 3 3/4-inch scale figure. The unusually tall figure has an amazing sculpt with amazingly sculpted plastic fabric, great hair, and a realistic likeness - really, you don't need to read on to know it's good but read on!

Q&A: Star Wars Stormtroopers, White Paint, Kay-Bee, and Toys R Us

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, May 5, 2019

This week in Q&A - Kay-Bee and Toys R Us - why yes, there is news! Stormtroopers and the ravages of time! Sure, you can do something.

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Available Now: Vintage 1970s-Style Kenner Grand Moff Tarkin Action Figure (with disposable board game)

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, May 5, 2019

3707 The very, very long-awaited Grand Moff Tarkin in 3 3/4-inch 1978-style has arrived at Target stores.  Use DPCI 087-06-0431 in-stores or this link for availability.  It's $19.99 and packed in a remake of the "Escape the Death Star" board game, which was produced by Kenner in late 1977 in order to get something, anything, on shelves thanks to its lack of tooling.  It's basically a $7 protective shell around Tarkin's 6x9-inch cardback, pre-punched, faux-weathered, stickered, and complete with a blaster pistol that's pretty darned convincing as almost an original.

Ad: Commander Gree Returns! Black Series Reissue Coming to Entertainment Earth

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, May 3, 2019

Star Wars Black Series Commander Gree 6-inch Action FigureAd: The formerly Toys R Us exclusive Star Wars Black Series Commander Gree 6-inch Action Figure is returning!

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,582: Vice Admiral Holdo (The Black Series 6-Inch)

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Vice Admiral Holdo (The Black Series 6-Inch)  turned out  to be an example of things working against things not working.  Her hair is amazing, and the head sculpt is spectacular.  But the eyes aren't quite right, and the dress doesn't fall on the shoulders properly.  Hasbro did do a spectacular job with the plastic dress element around the neck and arms, plus her articulation is good too.  Is she worth it? Do you have any other Holdo options?  Is this just going to be customized later?  Read on!

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,581: Darth Vader (2019, The Vintage Collection)

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, April 29, 2019

Annoyingly essential!  Can you believe that this Darth Vader (2019, The Vintage Collection) is based on what was once the go-to Darth Vader figure mold from 2005?  Originally used in the Evolution set, this one has a shockingly good series of paint applciations on the Anakin head under the helmet - and some improvments on the armor too.  This is the 2019 release of the Vintage figure from 2010, so it's a repaint of a reissue of a remake or some such.  If that sounds interesting, let me assure you that you're going to want this one.  At this time it appears it's a de facto online exclusive, unless you shop somewhere that orders from a distributor that just happens to also sell online.  Read on!