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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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 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!
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.