The 20th Century Fox fanfare by one Alfred Newman is an identifiable part of the Star Wars experience. Much like the lightsaber, the Force, and the big floaty yellow space words this quick clip of music opened the entire saga over the course of the previous three decades and change as both a throwback and as a signal to the future that something really exciting was coming. But history movies forward, legends change, and corporations must make decisions between being good stewards of our culture and the needs of a good branding opportunity.
And now, back to Mission Series. This new Princess Leia is the first toy of this costume to be sold outside of a boxed set in nearly a decade, meaning she'll probably blow off the shelves in a hurry. Don't miss this one! Read on.
Today in Figure of the Day: the 6-inch Han Solo and Tauntaun! This is a great one. You should get one. It's a new sculpt across the board, and Han looks a lot like the just-releases Mission Series set too. Check it out, read on!
Behold, a new R2-D2! This one is packed with Yoda and sports a retractable arm in a door, plus he has better paint than the last Mission Series 2-pack release. They fixed his bald spot! Since you want to know more, read on.
Gentle Giant also revealed this General McQuarrie Celebration VII Exclusive Mini Bust for the upcomiing Star Wars Celebration VII. This one is based on Ralph McQuarrie's mostly missed cameo in The Empire Strikes Back which was pointed out to most people when Hasbro up and made it into an action figure. This $120 bust has a swell hat, a nice jacket, and will look nice near your other McQuarrie goodies.
In the realm of "holy cow that's awesome," kids of the 1980s will lose their cool over Gentle Giant's exclusive Jumbo 12-Inch Celebration VII Droids C-3PO. (I want one!) This yellow figure is a remake of a repaint - one of very few repaints - from the entire original Kenner action figure line. It is gorgeous. I will have one. (Somehow.)
Funko revealed five exclusive and first-to-market Pop! Vinyl Star Wars Bobble Heads for Star Wars Celebration VII. E-3PO, Unmasked Darth Vader, a Shock Trooper, R2-Q5, and R2-R9 were revealed so far. Click here to see the post on their fancy blog.
Today, Funko's blog
tortures informs you with information about four new amazingly cool Funko Hikari Vinyl Figures - only available at Celebration VII in Anaheim, CA. There's a super-cool Icy Stormtrooper, a stellar Star Clone Trooper, a bronze Matte Black Boba Fett, and a Verdigris Greedo. Each is limited to between 500 and 1,000 pieces, and you should totally pick me up a set if you go.
StarWars.com updated today with The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection Coming April 10. While no pricing was listed, Amazon is asking $99.99 when I started writing this, but dropped it to $89.99 a few minutes later. iTunes has theirs for $19.99 per movie with no visible bundle at press time.
Also, new and legacy (old) special features will be included in this digital HD format. It's also notable that, like albums, "digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer" meaning you will need to see which version you need to buy, or your friend needs to buy, or gets uploaded to YouTube for 30 seconds so you can scope it out there.
These 2-packs are great! The new Yoda has separately jointed legs, a cane, and a lamp. We don't get many new The Empire Strikes Back Yodas, and now we've got three in the last year! This one comes with R2-D2. Read on!
This week in Q&A: Packaging tape! Tape on the front of packaging is Hasbro's new normal. Is it a problem? Rereleasing 6-inch figures - will Hasbro make more after you skipped them on clearance on Amazon? And finally single-carded figures - are more coming? (Yes, but they sell fast.)
Don't forget to send in your questions for next week. Read on!
If you don't yet have the latest wave of The Black Series figures, give Amazon a try. The latest wave has Bossk, Han Solo in Stormtrooper Disguise, the TIE Pilot, and Chewbacca. Amazon has these in stock for $22.99 or less - in the case of Chewbacca, much less. Order yours now!
The new TIE Pilot came out single-carded last month, and I just got a box in the mail yesterday with it repacked in a 2-pack with a Stormtrooper. (Smart move, Hasbro!) This means you can get this figure - it also means we've got another 2-3 weeks of FOTD ahead of us, so strap in and read on!
It's a new mold! The Star Wars Bossk Metallic Premium Hikari Sofubi Vinyl Figure is up for order at our sponsor Entertainment Earth and presumably elsewhere. Due in July, he's $79.99 and limited to a mere 1,000 pieces - so snag yours before your Bossk shrine has a Hikari-shaped hole in it.
Update: Sold out!
Check out Commander Bly, the odd man out in the Endor wave of Saga Legends. He doesn't have the brown stripe, he doesn't have a round peg on his binoculars, but he is pretty cheap - so why not read this review?