As we approach Memorial Day and the beginning of the summer season, the question on many collector's minds is when will new stuff start hitting and old merch clearanced out. With stores still carrying January stock, it's about time for a refresh.
Marjorie and Arnie are back in the Sithsonian this week with another Star Wars Action News podcast, and they bring tidings from the Pacific Northwest...tidings, and toys that is! Thanks to the Star Wars collectors of SARLACC a number of unique and rare Star Wars items were seen, from Star Wars pinball machines to arcade games, bootleg items, and more, including a tour of Gus Lopez's impressive array of Star Wars props and prototypes.
Hasbro's Star Wars action figure line has a long history of including "bonus" pack-ins with each figure: Freeze Frames, 3-D dioramas, Commtech Chips, Force Files, display stands, mini-hologram figures, collector coins, weapons lockers, and most recently...battle cards and battle dice.
So how new is that 2012 Vintage Darth Vader? New enough for you, old man. Should you expect more action figure reissues in light of the recent remakes? Maybe! And how can you best store carded figures? Well, I've got a couple solutions. Read on and send in your questions for next week's installment!
While watching Revenge of the Sith on Spike this evening, I remembered a certain deleted scene which never made it to the final clip involving Galactic Hunter. Thanks to the folks at Lucasfilm for putting this together for us!
Because we can't get enough of the awesomeness of this new shop at Disney Tatooine Traders, here's video of the Droid Factory stand courtesy of Attractions magazine.
Sideshow has posted a slew of photos of their Celebration VI Commander Ganch. This highly limited Sixth Scale figure, based on the the Tom Hodges Clone Wars comic series from Dark Horse, will be sold at the Celebration store beginning August 23rd with limited quantities to be made available at SideshowCollectibles.com shortly after the show concludes.
Attractions Magazine posted this video featuring Attractions - The Show host Banks Lee getting "frozen" in the new Carbon Freeze Me Experience debuting today at Walt Disney World's Star Wars Weekends.
Our pal DarthChuckMc trasmitted over Twitter some photos from Star Wars Weekends opening day and their "Darth's Mall", which featured some previews of Droid Factory Droids and new Star Wars Muppets figures.
From our sponsors at BrianToys.com:This week features even more Palitoy collectible vintage figures at Brian's Toys. This time from the Empire Strikes Back line released in 1981! Aside from carded AFA, several Loose AFA action figures have been restocked on the website and the extremely rare POTF Carded AT-AT Driver has been reduced to $1,999.99.
This week, Dan and Jerry are back to discuss all that is happening--or perhaps NOT happening at store shelves. Even though the "brick and mortars" are quiet, there is a lot of on-line news this week. Gentle Giant put three new pre-orders up and there's sure to be something for everybody: a jumbo vintage figure, a deluxe mini-bust, and a deluxe statue.
Here is a quick update from our sponsors at http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about another big batch of cool new preorders as well as some great new arrivals, including the latest offerings from Gentle Giant and Kotobukiya.