Image Bank: VC40 R5-D4

By Mike — Monday, February 7, 2011

This R5-D4 unit, forgive the pun, has a B.A.D. motivator. The sculpt and detachable parts harken back to Build-A-Droid R5-C7 from 2009, with some minor improvements in deco accuracy. Sure it's mainly rehash, but you gotta admit that "Star Wars" vintage card front with the classic photo gives reminiscent goose bumps of picking one up as a wide eyed eight year old at Gemco and Fedmart. Yeah, we go way back kids.

 

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,474

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, February 7, 2011

Hey kids, it's the new Zam Wesell!  This one has two heads, two scarves, two guns, and, presumably, a large boat in which to transport them.  How is she?  Read on!

Image Bank: VC39 Luke Skywalker (Death Star Escape)

By Mike — Monday, February 7, 2011

Featuring a new head sculpt and an updated Resurgence of the Jedi body now with a soft goods skirt and Stormtrooper belt, Death Star Escape Luke Skywalker is a worthy interpretation of the moisture farmboy. The commlink is detachable, the soft goods allow a little more poseability, and it's certainly one of the better ANH Luke head sculpts yet. There will be a robust debate on whether this is a better likeness over the Resurgence figure, but it ultimately falls on the eye of the beholder because both are pretty well executed.

Image Bank: Clone Trooper (212th Battalion)

By Mike — Sunday, February 6, 2011

The VC15 Clone Trooper is updated with  yellow deco and an additional blaster rifle to transform into a 212th Battalion Clone Trooper that will adequately army build and re-enforce your Battle of Utapau diorama. The removable helmet gives this version the advantage over the 2006 Saga Collection version, although that yellowing discoloration on the helmet isn't battle damage. It's just the yellowing and discoloration of cheaper grade plastics.

 

Q&A: More Ships, More Figures, Pre-Toy Fair Fun

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, February 6, 2011

Could Saga Legends really be on the way out? (Of course not.) Is Darth Vader's TIE Fighter due for an update? And did you miss Clone Trooper Jesse yet? All this and ramblings on Vintage Wave 5 await you in this week's Q&A!

Image Bank: VC37 Super Battle Droid

By Mike — Sunday, February 6, 2011

A repaint of 2007's 30th Anniversary Collection figure but with the holes from the flame attachment filled in, the Vintage Super Battle Droid includes some Geonosian dust deco on the feet but unfortunately lacking the ankle articulation of the recent Target exclusive 2 pack version. A Hasbro "Greatest Hit" that looks great carded Vintage style, but you can do better and cheaper elsewhere if you want to open and army build.

 

Image Bank: VC36 Senate Guard

By Mike — Sunday, February 6, 2011

The new Vintage Collection Senate Guard uses a few parts from 2005's version and even includes a nice nod to the Clone Wars television series in the form of the longer left shoulder armor. The helmet isn't actually removable, but there is a separate sculpted "head" underneath that actually acts as more of a frontal facade for the helmet. We do like the material used for the outer cloak, which has a nice drape when posing the figure in action type poses.

Star Wars Toys Pull in $510 Million in 2010

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, February 6, 2011

Have you heard all those rumors that Star Wars is floundering as a toy line?  All lies.   The Hollywood Reporter confirms that in 2010-- a non-movie, non-major release year, that our favorite space brand brought in a whopping $510,000,000.  This includes both Hasbro and LEGO products.

TOY PALACE Newsletter #05

By Mike — Sunday, February 6, 2011

Here's the latest newsletter from our sponsors at TOY PALACE featuring the latest products added for pre-order as well as IN STOCK items, including awesome Star Wars collectibles from Gentle Giant and Kotobukiya!

 

Image Bank: VC35 Mace Windu

By Mike — Saturday, February 5, 2011

It's like Hasbro managed to shrink Samuel L. Jackson's noggin into 3.75 inch scale because the head sculpt on this figure is just amazing from every angle. A bulky soft goods cloak is a slight draw back, but we must admit it's slightly better than the Hershey's chocolate syrup shell of the Episode I figure's sculpted cloak pictured on the cardback. The figure also comes with a lightsaber and hilt that attaches to the belt and standard ball jointed arms, knees, and waist. A great figure deserving of Vintage premium status.

 

 

Brian's Toys Newsletter 02/05

By Mike — Saturday, February 5, 2011

Early this week, Brian's Toys received Vintage-Style Wave 4 at their warehouse.  And a few days later, they just got Vintage-Style Wave 5 It's figure overload we're telling you! Help them out by purchasing a few sets or figures.

BBTS News: GI Joe, Thor, Capt America, Star Wars, TF, Hot Toys & More!

By Mike — Saturday, February 5, 2011

Hi - here is a big update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about a ton of exciting new preorders from Hasbro and oth

Paul F. Tompkins + Google Voice + Cantina Scene = Funny Star Wars Sketch

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, February 5, 2011

If you're a fan of comedy and/or podcasts, you're no doubt a fan of the Pod F. Tompkast which is put out by America's friend/Mr. Show alum/DAG actor/all-around great standup Paul F. Tompkins.  He's just done a fantastic Star Wars sketch.

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,473

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, February 4, 2011

Today in why-are-they-using-leafblowers-outside (and Figure of the Day) is the Commando Droid!  This is the first, basic carded release from 2009.  He folds up real small and has exceptional articulation.  You should buy a few-- read on!

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,472

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, February 3, 2011

From 2009 (not the 2010 release) it's Luke Skywalker!  This was another attempt at Death Star II Jedi Luke which, it seems, has been historically tough to do well.  (Hasbro more or less nailed it in 2010.)  So how is this one?  Read on!