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!

Ad: New Gentle Giant Arrivals, Pre-Orders, plus New Simpsons Vinyl at Entertainment Earth

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Ad: New stuff from Gentle Giant! Several new Star Wars pre-orders are up right now from Gentle Giant, including the new Tedn Dahai Cantina Band Mini Bust and a huge R2-D2 Monument! What's more, new items from Sucker Punch and a swell new line of Funko Simpsons Figures and Plush are up for pre-order. If that isn't enough, the Gentle Giant Jumbo Kenner Darth Vader and Princess Leia are in stock now! Click through for pricing, pictures, and availability.

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,586

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, July 13, 2011

While his articulation wasn't perfect, Hasbro did design their first Revenge of the Sith Clone Pilot to be able to sit and fit inside pretty much all the vehicles-- so it's a good toy, but didn't meet the growing standards of collectors.  I think it's great-- but will you?  Read on!

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,585

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Repainted about three times inside 2 years, this Anakin Skywalker was the last and arguably best take on the mold.  With a swinging arm action and a clone buddy, he was a pretty nifty release-- but do you need him for your collection?  Read on!

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,584

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, July 11, 2011

This Princess Leia figure has a poncho and a display stand with a coin.  It's similar to the Speeder Bike version, but... not.  It's good, though-- so read on!

Q&A: Summer Fun Edition, Now With Added Video Game Rantings

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, July 10, 2011

Does the Star Wars line lack internal toy compatibility? We explore! Will Hasbro make Star Trek 3 3/4-inch figures? We'll explore that too! And are big-box retailers skewering variety? It's entirely possible! At the end I ramble about my just-now-getting Force Unleashed II, so read on!

New Clone Wars Deluxe Mini Rigs At TRU

By Mike — Saturday, July 9, 2011

The new Deluxe Mini Rigs have been spotted at ToysRUs in Chandler AZ for $18.99 each. These include the Republic Scout Speeder with ARF Trooper, Speeder Bike with Castas, Separatist Droid Speeder with Battle Droid, and Attack Cycle with General Grievous. Thanks to Mickey Gunslinger for the news and Happy Hunting!

Dark Horse In October 2011

By Mike — Saturday, July 9, 2011

Dark Horse has plenty in store for October inluding the return of Kir Kanos and the Imperial Guardsmen in the six issue series, Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost !!! Just in time for TPM's anticipated 3D re-rerelease, Episode I Adventures and The Phantom Menace adaption also hits the stands. These titles and much more ahead!

LEGO STAR WARS Premieres Animated Special

By Mike — Saturday, July 9, 2011

After the runaway success of their wildly popular building sets, video game collaborations and animated shorts, The LEGO Group and Lucasfilm will join forces once again for an all-new adventure – their first-ever original television special. Premiering on Cartoon Network on Friday, July 22 at 7:00 p.m. (ET, PT) in high-definition computer animation, the 30-minute original standalone special – LEGO® Star Wars: The Padawan Menace – will feature the charm, action and irreverent humor that have become the signature style of LEGO Star Wars animation collaborations.

HER UNIVERSE Panel At SDCC Focuses On Female Sci-Fi Heroes

By Mike — Saturday, July 9, 2011

For the second year-in-a-row, actress and HER UNIVERSETM Founder, Ashley Eckstein, will be sponsoring and hosting a very special panel at San Diego Comic Con on Thursday, July 21st from 6pm to 7pm in room 25ABC. Entitled, “Her Universe: What Women Want in Their Female Sci-Fi Heroes,” the panel will feature an all-star group of panelists including Dave Filoni, Supervising Director of Star WarsTM: The Clone Wars.

Vader Project Nominated For Designer Toy Award

By Mike — Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Vader Project has been nominated in the category of Most Influential Event by the Designer Toy Awards. You can register and vote now by clicking hereCurated and produced by Dov Kelemer and Sarah Jo Marks of DKE Toys (www.dketoys.com), The Vader Project features 100 of the best underground artists and designers working today. For this unique project, each artist customized a 1:1 scale authentic prop replica of the actual Darth Vader helmet featured in the STAR WARS™ films.  

TOY PALACE NL23

By Mike — Saturday, July 9, 2011

The latest TOY PALACE newsletter include TCW Vehicles Wave 4 and the Unleashed Starkiller 2 Pack Exclusive minibusts from Gentle Giant. Pre-orders are now also being taken for the Star Wars Blueprints book and the C-3PO Life sized bust!

Brian's Toys Newsletter 07/08/11

By Mike — Saturday, July 9, 2011

KRE-O Transformers are finally in stock!  Pick up these awesome transforming building blocks that will work with other leading brands. New Marvel Universe pre-orders are up as well, which include some new characters and new molds. Check out the Brian's Toys newsletter over at http://www.brianstoys.com/nl

BBTS News: Transformers, Marvel, GI Joe, Star Trek, Statues & More!

By Mike — Saturday, July 9, 2011

 

Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about a variety of new arrivals and more cool new preorders. The clearance sale also continues with thousands of items remaining!