We were forwarded this story from a few people, so we're linking to the WSJ: Jakks Pacific Said to Suspend Toy Sales to Kmart. I know not a lot of you go to Kmart - or can go to one - but they tend to have a lot of Jakks Pacific Big Figs front and center in their stores, making them a visual staple of their toy aisles. And, of course, Kmart and Sears have been around forever - but haven't had the best press lately. Take a look.
New for Rogue One is... Rey? The super-popular hero of the last film is back with new gear and a new head sculpt - and it's a good one too. Is it enough to buy the fifth or sixth Rey in your toy box? Read on!
It's new! Rarely does a year go by without a new toy of the main character of the saga, so we look forward to Darth Vader (Rogue One). He's got six points of articulation, a cape, and a rocket launcher shaped like his belt buckle. I'm loving it. Will you? Read on!
Hot - or cold - on the tail of last year's robot is the new R2-H16. This festive fellow has a hat with ear flaps, which is reason alone enough to buy one as 3 3/4-inch scale droids seem to have become the new Vinylmation as our hobby as concerned. The official Disney Parks site has a feature on this and other new items, including a Bluetooth Stormtrooper Commlink for your phone, new plush Ewoks based on the 1980s cartoons - seriously!, and other goodies.
Rumors have been swirling for months in Transformers and G.I. Joe circles, and the event will be in September within walking distance of the Omni Hotel, at Dunkin Donuts Center. There's a decent mall nearby with a movie theater, food, pants, and all the things you'll usually want to kill time or hide accidents at a show.
From the new Rogue One line comes the Kanan Jarrus (Stormtrooper Disguise)! It's a new taller Stormtrooper sculpt with a removable helmet and a wrist launcher for some reason. It's actually pretty fun - and shortpacked, so get one or more if you see them. Read on!
Late last year, we saw the release of the RawShark Studios The Order Bobaran Action Figure. This sold out quickly, and was a $20 3-inch action figure that seems to almost perfectly color match Kenner's original 3 3/4-inch Boba Fett action figure. And it's pretty cool.
Years ago, we heard the assets for THX - the home audio format - would be spun off and sold elsewhere. Formerly the gold standard for home theater and theatre theater experiences, the famous audio sounds and the little robot and the Simpsons jokes, but where is it now? Well, it just got sold to Razer.
This week in Q&A - Overkill - are we there yet? And mold mania - do we know if something is truly done forever? (Nope!) And helmet hassles - is it time to join the modder movement?
And send in your questions for next week. Read on!
Since this is produced on the official timetable, you won't see some known-but-not-listed items like Wave 2 3 3/4-inch action figures, 2-packs, 6-inch figures, and so on. But what is on here may amaze you - a bunch of exclusives we've not yet seen! Read on to find out what you'll find in stores as the year goes on.
People love Sabine Wren. She's selling - I see cases of Rogue One figures at Big Lots or Walmart or what have you, and typically she's the one who's gone. If you see one, get one - find out why, read on!
This Imperial TIE Fighter Pilot is the one from the TIE Striker - it's a heck of a nice figure and the first 100%-new 3 3/4-inch movie-based Imperial pilot in over a decade. If they sold this figure individually with various helmet variants, you'd be happy to buy them. Read on!
New from Kotobukiya - at importer NCS - is the Star Wars Lunchplate. A Landspeeder and Millennium Falcon-based platter set is up for grabs for $40.90. Each one, I suppose, makes lunch an out of this world experience. Check it out!
The new Kylo Ren (Rogue One packaging) is pretty sharp - it's the unmasked figure with a mask. The hood is removable, it has the new pose with new torso and legs, and you're probably going to dig it. It has a firing projectile launcher too - why? Because it's fun, that's why. Read on!