Brian's Toys: Angry Birds, Vintage AFA Vader

By Mike — Thursday, September 12, 2013

From our sponsors at Brian's Toys: Brian's Toys has new Angry Birds and a huge selection of Vintage Darth Vader AFA figures. New Angry Birds include a Star Destroyer playset, Darth Vader Pig Carrying Case, and assorted individual two-packs.

Amazon: Star Wars Vintage Hasbro TIE Interceptor IN STOCK

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, September 11, 2013

It's here! Amazon's TIE Interceptor is in stock and ready to ship right now, with many orders having processed and gone out the door.  It's similar to a previously-released model, with a few minor deco differences and a new box.  How different is it?

Lost Lucas-Financed 1980 Short You've Never Heard Of Getting Screened

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A screening of Black Angel, a George Lucas-funded short 25-minute film tied to The Empire Strikes Back in some overseas markets, is getting a screening next month after being lost since 1980.  It's an Arthurian legend-inspired piece and Ars Technica has a 3-page story on this Lucasfilm-adjacent project.

Q&A: Figure Complaints, Retro Future, and Quick Fixes for Warped Plastic

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, September 8, 2013

It's Q&A time! Let's look at The Black Series - you may not realize this, but we're required to legally. Even if the line dies in four waves, we have to talk about it. And how about warped plastic can we fix it? Some of it, yes! And can we complain about distribution in 2012 still? Apparently, we have to! Read on for more or send in a question for next time, or both.

United Cutlery: Star Wars Yoda Lightsaber Hilt Prop Lamp

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, September 7, 2013

Here's a neat one - Entertainment Earth (sponsor) has a Star Wars Yoda Lightsaber Table Lamp from United Cutlery, and it's pretty neat.  You can outfit it with pretty much any light bulb, including a green one which you can snag at pretty much any Walmart or party supply store for a couple of bucks. This definitely adds a nice glow to the item.  See the glowing green animated pic after the jump.

Author Ann Crispin - A.C. Crispin - Dead at 63

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, September 6, 2013

If you were a fan of Star Wars in the 1990s, you no doubt remember seeing some of A.C. Crispin's work on the shelves.  The author, Ann Crispin, penned short stories for the franchise, a trilogy of Han Solo novels, and numerous works of licensed and sci-fi writing including Star Trek. Click here for her official site, and here for her Wikipedia page.

Bloomberg Sez: LEGO Passed Hasbro as World's #2 Toymaker

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, September 6, 2013

If you've been feeling that Hasbro's offerings have been a little lacking lately, Bloomberg has an article with some proof.  Headline: Lego Beats Hasbro as World’s No. 2 Toymaker Amid Asia Sales Jump. According to the article:

Konami Star Wars Force Collection Now Available for iOS and Android

By Mike — Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Star Wars™: Force Collectionthe first globally released Star Wars™ card battle game, is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices.

Attakus: Yoda, C-3PO, R2-D2 Elite Collection

By Mike — Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Attakus announces 3 more characters for their 1:10 scale Elite Collection: Yoda, C-3PO and R2-D2! Read the full announcement and peep out the photos after the jump!

BBTS:Alien, Spider-Man, Pacific Rim, Halo, Bandai Japan, DC, Metal Gear Solid, Doctor Who & More!

By Mike — Wednesday, September 4, 2013

From our sponsors at BigBadToyStore.com: We've reduced prices by 15% to 50% on over 5,000 items! Take a look at the huge sale menus, there are tons of Transformers, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, GI Joe, Anime, Statues, Props, T-Shirts, Trinkets, Stand-Ups, Imports, Movie Figures and much much more!

Funko Acquires Part of Super 7, Retro Kenner License Madness Ensues

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, September 2, 2013

File under Not Star Wars: Funko and Super  7 are teaming up to take on everything you loved about growing up in the 1980s in toy form.  We're reading lots of reports of Kenner-style 1970s/1980s action figures being produced for Aliens, Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firelfly, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Predator, Goonies, Back to the Future, Dark Crystal, and more are on deck for production in the not-too-distant-future. Click through for more on what may actually give Hasbro's 3 3/4-inch juggernaut a real run for its money.

Q&A: More Black Series, Walmart, New Figures, and Too Much Stuff

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, September 1, 2013

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!

Brian's Toys: New Black Series, Gentle Giant, and Marvel Legends

By Mike — Friday, August 30, 2013

BBTS Sponsor News: Green Lantern, Iron Man, Psylocke, Castle Greyskull, DBZ, Transformers, Star Wars, Avengers, Minimates & More!

By Mike — Friday, August 30, 2013

Here are the latest listings of new arrivals and pre-orders from our sponsors at BigBadToyStore.com. Check out the full listing after the jump!

SWAN 403: Crazy Train

By Mike — Friday, August 30, 2013

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.