It's Q&A time! Are we getting too many products even though it's arguably a slower year? Maybe. And which of the new figures are new enough to matter? The answer may (but won't) surprise you. Also, Walmart has no space for 6-inch figures - is there a precedent? Only one man knows for sure, and since he won't return your calls it's all up to me in this week's column!
Wow! Check out the Brian's Toys newsletter. A giant truckload of new stuff has come in. Brand new items off the truck this week include:
- Black Series 6-inch Wave 1 (Set of 4)
- Marvel Legends Rocket Raccoon Series (Set of 5)
- G.I. Joe: Retaliation Wave 4 (Set of 12)
- Admiral Ackbar "Magnitude" Mini Bust
- Clone Trooper (White) Deluxe Statue
- Ree Yees Mini Bust
- Darth Maul Spider Statue
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Have you found the new Hasbro figures? All Hasbro's new lines, Black Series 4-inch, Black Series 6-inch, Mission Series, and Saga Legends, are showing up across the US. New toys are a welcome relief to the modern Star Wars figure collector after many months with no new releases, and on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast the coverage continues. Listen to this week's podcast for a hands on review of the new 4-inch Black Series figures. Then vintage Star Wars collector Jerry takes a look at the Saga Legends figures and provides his views on their five points of articulation.
Friend of the site (to whom I owe an email or two) Daniel sent me this link to a Japanese site showcasing Hasbro's recent Saga Legends and Mission Series 3 3/4-inch action figures in blind boxes. These new-to-me figures appear to be in Hasbro-branded boxes, which is unusual for the Japanese market, and as far as I can tell there are no obvious difference between their not-blind and likely cheaper US counterparts.
New pictures available and pre-orders are open! Amazon Has Star Wars The Black Series Wave 2 pre-orders open right now. As an added bonus, accessories are shown for the new 6-inch and 3 3/4-inch figures, including Slave Leia's two weapons. Release dates, pricing, and availability after the break.
Save up to 90% off at the Blowout Sale at Entertainment Earth! Over 1,000 Action Figures, Prop Replicas, Bobble Heads, and Anime Statues are on sale until tonight! Click through the links after the jump, and save big on Gentle Giant items, action figures, prop replicas, graphic novels, and more!
It's time to choke down some Q&A with me - because you want to put off work, or don't want to go to bed yet! It's 40% Black Series by volume. Let's talk about that new Slave I and its various toy incarnations some more because why the heck not. Are we starting the pool for 6-inch Cantina Aliens? Oh yes we are. And are we going to examine the best C-3PO action figures? Of course I am. You can too, if you read on! (Also: please read on.)
While parents often cringe at spending more money on toys for their kids, the same is rarely true about pet owners and their dogs and cats! Thanks to everyone who wrote in letting us know about this article: Petco's Star Wars Pet Fans Collection: For Sith Tzus, Jedi Javanese, and All Furry Companions at StarWars.com.
Medicom's latest iteration of Boba Fett comes in the form of this new limited edition 400% Bearbrick. Fett is featured with all his iconic looks and the signature Bearbrick head, stands about 11 inches tall and will be limited to only 1000 pieces. Look for Beabrick Fett to drop on August 31st for ￥8,190 JPY (approximately $83 USD).
Burton has released a new collection of Star Wars themed snowboards for their Fall/Winter 2013/2014 season. 8 snowboards featuring your favorite Star Wars characters just dropped and you can find out more and order yours directly from Burton's online store by clicking here.
Nissan will be releasing a special Star Wars edition of their popular Juke model and launches this teaser for your viewing pleasure. The official announcement will be made on August 26th. View the video and the special red stormtrooper with white race lines after the jump!
New figures are on the pegs and Marjorie and Arnie are back in the Star Wars Action News studio ready to review them! On this week's podcast the hosts look at new new Saga Legends figures from Hasbro. With limited articulation and smaller card backs these figures have divided collectors between those who demand more collector-oriented figures and those who find the limited pose-ability a throwback to vintage collecting. Hasbro claims they're some of the best sculpts they've ever done. Listen to find out the final verdict!