Welcome to 2014, Q&A fans! Let's talk about some of 2013's hardest-to-get action figures. And Stormtrooper sculpts. And The Black Series some more. Because why not? It'll be fun. Did you miss me, because I missed you! (Also, FOTD is on hiatus this week - we'll be back next week, though.) Let's get started - read on!
Let's finish up the latest wave of Mission Series with the new Chewbacca, which is a mixed bag. This is a good toy with a couple of fixable problems, should Hasbro decide to correct the fur color or add a single dab of glue to the bowcaster. Read on!
In a slightly more surprising move, 3D Systems Acquires Gentle Giant Studios. The press release doesn't really say how (or if) this will alter the proceedings of our favorite collectible statues and busts, but the company 3D Systems is apparently quite interested to enter that realm of the world. More as we have it - although probably not at Toy Fair as Gentle Giant hasn't exhibited there recently.
In a move surprising no one, StarWars.com confirms Marvel will publish Star Wars comics once more in 2015. As many have speculated, this would keep the comic license within the Disney family four double-plus synergy. Click here to read the rest.
Amazon has the 9-disc, 6-movie Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI) Blu-Ray set for $59.99, which is about the lowest that I've seen it. The main reason for picking it up are the deleted scenes - but don't throw out your DVDs, because the DVD special features and deleted scenes differ from here and the DVDs you bought a few years ago.
I assume you've bought it by now.
NEW! And old. Mission Series Han Solo is a pretty good toy, although you may not be crazy about him as a collectible. Hasbro mercifully dropped the dangling separate holster, which allows this figure to actually sit in your Millennium Falcon without much of a problem. Even though Chewie is kind of gnarly, get this set if you can. Read on!
Happy New Year! Let's look at the new R2-D2 that comes with C-3PO in the latest wave of Mission Series 2-packs that you can lie to yourself and say you're "skipping" when you probably haven't seen them for sale yet. This astromech droid is based on the R4-P44 Saga Legends mold, with far fewer paint applications. He's cute, but in all seriousness, he needs at least one or two more painted panels. Read on!
New sculpt! This C-3PO has 5 points of articulation, comes with R2-D2, and costs $10. It isn't shiny like the $10 Vintage figure from 2004, but it has a better sculpt and the same amount of articulation. I don't understand, either. Read on!
New deco and new arms! Obi-Wan Kenobi has been given a "realistic" figure based on his later Clone Wars appearances for Mission Series. He comes with the Darth Maul we looked at last week, and is arguably a better figure than his predecessor. Read on!
We had a glimpse at the packaging, but now we can see StarWars.com's preview of the Star Wars Rebels Inquisitor Action Figure. The early painted sample seems to have filled in the lines on his face with paint, so I assume the final may appear slightly different. The style is not quite movie and not quite animated, but it does include a lightsaber similar to the spinning one concocted by Hasbro for Generat Grievous a few years ago. It also has 5 points of articulation. Click here to see more!
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Darth Maul gets a pretty dang good figure - it's not what you've expected from The Black Series, but it's a delightful mutant figure that feels like it belongs in your 1984 toy box with other Jabba thugs! It's wonderful. He has 5 points of articulation and a lightsaber, but my guess is most of you won't like him. Me? I love it. Read on!
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The artist/customizer/bootlegger/creative person known as The Sucklord posted Suck Pizza. It looks a lot like Han Solo has been frozen inside a personal pizza, and will go on sale December 27 for $150. Click here for his tweet.
NEW! This Clone Commander Cody is a Saga Legends release you may see in stores soon, or you'll need to order it online. His backpack is removable, and his antenna is bent - but you can fix it. Read on!