Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,589

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, July 18, 2011

It's a Clone Pilot!  This is the one that comes with the brand-new Y-Wing Scout Bomber, and has more than a passing resemblance to Warthog. With ball-jointed hips and great helmet deco, it's a nice figure-- but is it worth buying with the vehicle?  Read on!

The Comic-Con Star Wars Swag Rundown

By Mike — Monday, July 18, 2011

The Official Site gives a breakout of all the exclusive swag at Comic-Con International later this week, including Hasbro's Death Star Collector's Pack, Gentle Giant's McQuarrie Snowtrooper and Jumbo Vinyl Cape Jawa, the SOLD OUT Sideshow 12 inch Clone Commander, and others. 

PSWCS Leia Medallion To Support The Troops

By Mike — Monday, July 18, 2011

The Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society is pleased to announce our 2011 charity fundraiser.  We are selling medallions featuring the likeness of Princess Leia to benefit Operation Troop Appreciation

TRU Exclusive Commander Blackout Online (Pre-order)

By Mike — Monday, July 18, 2011

ToysRUs.com has posted their exclusive Commander Blackout aka Stealth Operations Clone Trooper on their website to pre-order for $7.99 each!

New Vintage Pre-Order Reveals Next Wave

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, July 18, 2011

Our sponsors Entertainment Earth added a listing for the next wave of Vintage Star Wars figures.   The new case has three previously unreleased figures!

Q&A: Mini-Rigs, Slave Leia, Tank Gunners, More Pre-Comic-Con Fun

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, July 17, 2011

This week's topics: Missing Mini-Rigs now that other, unannounced items are showing up. Will we get a new Turbo Tank Gunner for the movie line? It'd be nice, wouldn't it? And will the Revenge of the Jedi Slave Leia have one set of legs or two? The answers may depress you-- but hey, that's why we're here right? Read on!

First Look: Kmart Vintage Return of the Jedi The Vintage Collection B-Wing Fighter

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, July 16, 2011

Pretend to be excited! Hasbro will likely be unveiling the B-Wing Fighter, a just-released Kmart exclusive in The Vintage Collection at Comic-Con this week. I expect lots of applause from people in the audience who weren't paying attention to store shelves-- but not you, good reader, as you are an astute person with their ear to the tracks for this kind of thing, and good for you. I appreciate that. How is this fourth release of a 1980s mold? Pretty good, actually-- it's basically a redeco of the 2008 Dagger Squad version.

As far as toy vehicles go, the B-Wing (courtesy of its packaging and how it ships) provides one of the best user experiences around for Star Wars spacecraft. Kudos to Hasbro's packaging department for a well-engineered series of inserts, but more on that later.

And wouldn't you love to know what the 1984 ship cost and if the 2011 one is a bargain adjusted for inflation? Click through for images and impressions, after the break.

BBTS: 12% OFF SALE

By Mike — Saturday, July 16, 2011

Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about a few cool new listings and our latest sale:

TOY PALACE NL24

By Mike — Saturday, July 16, 2011

In this weeks TOY PALACE newsletter, TVC Wave 6 from Hasbro and 12" Jumbo Gentle Giant figures and other miscellaneous Star Wars items are now IN STOCK. Pre-orders are now also being taken for the 12" Commander Gree from Sideshow.

Brian's Toys Newsletter 07/15/11

By Mike — Saturday, July 16, 2011

Tons of great pre-orders this week at Brian's Toys from Sideshow and Gentle Giant!  Make sure you place your advanced order for the 12" Battle Droids and Commander Gree, or the all new Jumbo Vintage Stormtrooper and Greedo.

Toy Aurebesh Translated: Castas Bounty Huner Speeder Bike Vehicle

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, July 15, 2011

Your pal and mine MeisterShake tweeted me a picture of Castas' Speeder Bike so we could translate the Aurebesh on the vehicle.  What does it say?  "Dog Faced Bounty Hunter."   The more you know!  Thanks for sharing your picture, MeisterShake!

 

Star Wars Shop.com To Close Virtual Doors July 18

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, July 15, 2011

Having offered numerous exclusives and imports while being run by multiple companies over the years, the official Star Wars Shop website is closing for business next week.  This link has the details.  Orders are still being taken, so if you missed out on the great Concept General Grievous (now $10.99) or other great items, this may be the best time to get them.

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,588

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, July 15, 2011

If you like grey hair on your space warriors, get a look at Sinker here.  He has the same colors as most of Plo Koon's troopers from the first season, plus a unique head design and a removable helmet.  I hope you got one, as they're long gone now.  Read on!

First Look: Clone Wars Y-Wing Scout Bomber, Republic Scout Speeder Mini-Rigs

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, July 15, 2011

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.

Click through for images and impressions, after the break.

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,587

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, July 14, 2011

A slightly different version!  This is a slightly redecorated version of Obi-Wan Kenobi as a spirit, as released in 2007.  Any good?  Sure!  Read on!