Q&A: Star Wars Playsets, Skywalkers, and Prices

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, June 30, 2019

This week in Q&A - Single Skywalkers! Is that a thing? And Playsets you can't find. And a Toy Tax update from this weekend, if the news is accurate and doesn't change six times by Christmas.

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Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,598: Imperial Stormtrooper (The Vintage Collection)

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, June 27, 2019

This is it!  Tiny improvements over time have finally fallen to this all-new Imperial Stormtrooper based on the Rogue One redesign - the tell being the blaster.  It has more articulation and better, shinier detail than ever before.  But is it perfect?  It's certainly very very good - read on!

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,597: Resistance A-Wing Pilot (The Last Jedi Line Look)

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, June 25, 2019

This is the Resistance A-Wing Pilot from The Last Jedi red A-Wing Fighter.  She has a new head!  It's not just a repaint!  Granted, you'll have to squint to discover this.  Read on!

Limited Run Game Star Wars Nintendo and GameBoy Reissues on Kenner-Style Packaging

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, June 24, 2019

If you're a toy collector of a certain age, the 1978-1985 black and silver Kenner line look is a holy thing.  You saw it on action figures, vehicles, coloring books, and all sorts of toys (as "collectibles" were not really a thing) when you were a kid, and also at subsequent flea markets, garage sales, and guys named Ron's garages.

This look was out of vogue by 1991 when LucasFilm Games and JVC teamed up for Star Wars for the NES in 1991 and the GameBoy in 1992.  Star Wars was barely making a blip on the cultural radar with a few video games, some hollow figures from Dakin, and a small publishing program at what primitive humans of that era referred to as "book stores," some of which sold video games out of the back.   This game was not necessarily a gem of its era, but it sold well on the strength of the license and of the hope that it would be great.

For those of you who missed out in the 1991 and 1992 era, or the reissues later, or the reissues of the reissues, you've got one more chance on June 28 (assuming you don't buy the originals off of eBay for about ten bucks a pop first.)

Q&A: Star Wars Naming, Small Screen Expectations, and That Store

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, June 23, 2019

This week in Q&A - Vintage nomenclature! Proving pedantry persists! And The Mandalorian. Oh, we have expectations. And Toys R Us talk - as there has been a lot. Read on!

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Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,596: Hondo Ohnaka (The Black Series 6-Inch)

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, June 20, 2019

New from Disney's Galaxy's Edge, Hondo Ohnaka (The Black Series 6-Inch)  is one of the few all-new characters in the $69.99 Hasbro figure boxed sets.   He has a blaster and a costume that's similar to - but not identicial to - those in The Clone Wars and Rebels.  Do you need it? Of course not - but you'll want one.  Read on!

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,595: Poe Dameron (Resistance line look)

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, June 18, 2019

This Poe Dameron (Resistance line look) is a weird gem.  If you like 1978-1985 Kenner figures, Poe is essential.  He's thinner and fits in your X-Wings without a fuss - even better than The Force Awakens movie figures.  This is an action figure made to fit in vehicles, so naturally there are no Hasbro Resistance vehicles.  Just make the most out of your movie ones.  Read on!

Q&A: The Star Wars Wing Thing, SDCC Teases, and Old Things Return

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, June 16, 2019

This week in Q&A - The Wing Thing! Just one question, and it's a TIE wing problem. This is an ongoing concern - as is the lack of questions. Well, at least we got one. I wrote some oter things too, because we're not finished yet.   Read on!

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Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,594: 41st Elite Corps Clone Trooper (The Vintage Collection)

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, June 13, 2019

More than just a repack, the 41st Elite Corps Clone Trooper (The Vintage Collection)  adds another variant to The Black Series 3 3/4-inch figure from a few years ago. With the more realistic face paint and tons more grey markings, this is different enough to upgrade.  Read on!

Arcade 1-Up To Release Star Wars Trilogy Classic Arcade Game

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Last year, Walmart and other big box stores carried Arcade 1-Up's classic arcade game cabinets.  They're a little smaller, but with a riser they're roughly normal height.  At E3 this week, they announced Star Wars with The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi included.   It looks like the old stand-up unit from roughly 1983, which admittedly isn't as cool as the cockpit cabinet but it's neat.  We're told it'll be under $500.

Limited Run Games to Reissue Star Wars NES, GameBoy, and Nintendo 64 Cartridges

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, June 11, 2019

In "I can't believe it either" news, a bunch of the 1990s Star Wars video game library is coming back in print!  Limited Run Games announced a bunch of retro game cartridge and boxed PC software reissues - Monkey Islands, Dark Forces, and so on.  The games are expected to have extras, and most special physical games include things like posters, maps, or other fun flat things.  We don't know what these will be yet, and I speak from experience that the NES and GameBoy Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back games were not impressive when they were new.  (Shadows of the Empire was great, though.) 

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,593: Han Solo (Carbonite, The Vintage Collection)

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Weirdly this 2019 reissue of Han Solo (Carbonite, The Vintage Collection) did not get Hasbro's fancy new face painting.  Rather, it got a playset, a vintage cardback, and a magnet in the back of the carbonite block.  All in all, still a worthy purchase.  Read on!

Q&A: Star Wars Episode Non and Han Solo's New Old Clothes

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, June 9, 2019

This week in Q&A - Block Party Summer! Or rather, there's a new Carbonite block - is it different enough to warrant buying? Also the rest of 2019 is shrouded in mystery! With good cause! Read on!

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Kickstarter: Star Wars The Vintage Collection Archive Edition Book

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, June 7, 2019

What has Derryl DePriest been up to?  Since exiting Hasbro, he, Rich Alot, and D. Martin Myatt have started work on a new book! The hardcover Star Wars The Vintage Collection Archive Edition Book covers the 3 3/4-inch line and if the stretch goals hit, some of its black-and-silver siblings.   I was waitint a few hours to see if it would smash its goal on the first day - and it has been a very successful Kickstarter.  In addition to the book, a really cool poster is coming too.  Click here and check it out.

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,592: Han Solo (Stormtrooper, The Vintage Collection)

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, June 6, 2019

Also at Target in the clothing section this week is Han Solo (Stormtrooper, The Vintage Collection) which seems to be a retooled Sandtrooper from 2009 with an all-new head.  The hair seems to be a separately molded piece, and the new-style face paint makes this an even better Harrison Ford portrait.  Read on!