HasCon - Return of Star Wars The Vintage Collection

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, September 8, 2017

3362 While there's not much here you haven't heard of or seen teased, it's worth a look!  The Vintage Collection is back, and an exploded prototype of the Imperial Hover Tank shows an incredibly high piece count for the vehicle, which is sure to have a price to match.  Snoke is here with his gold bathrobe and slippers, and massive head wound, and missing jaw chunk.  Who does he think he is, Karloff?  Read on for more!

HasCon - Star Wars Props on the Show Floor

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, September 8, 2017

3361 HasCon is on in Rhode Island right now - but it's pretty much over for the day at this point.  The morning greeted guests with 90+ minute waits for exclusives, but otherwise fairly few crowds.  Traffic is brisk, seating is plentiful, and it's a genuinely pleasant show to navigate.   And our coverage begins here with shots of some full-size props seen on the show floor.   Toys and more are incoming.  You'll want to keep checking back, particularly if you are on the west coast and bored at work on a Friday afternoon.

HasCon Preview on Twitter - Vintage Collection Snoke?

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, September 8, 2017

You have to squint, but user @maro254 posted a bunch of advance looks at HasCon on Twitter.  Of note was a post showing the Star Wars area with some newness - you can make out the 3 3/4-inch Vintage Hover Tank, a bunch of cardbacks, and what appears to be a 3 3/4-inch vintage Snoke!  Take a look - and we'll have more later.

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,406: Boba Fett (The Last Jedi Line Look)

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, September 8, 2017

It's a new sculpt Boba Fett!  He's based on his The Empire Strikes Back deco, and so far looks pretty great.  He's skinnier than some, with a good helmet and a rocket pack you can mount on his rocket pack.  Check it out - read on!

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,405: C-3PO (The Last Jedi Line Look)

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, September 7, 2017

So, here's C-3PO!  He's new.  It's not obvious.  The pose is different from some recent gold protocol droids, plus he's got that whole Force Link thing on his foot.   As the new line goes, given that he has no accessories, this may be the least interesting new figure.  Still, I bought one.  Why?  Read on!

Toys R Us in TRUble?

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, September 6, 2017

According to CNBC: Toys R Us hires law firm as it explores possible bankruptcy filing.  The toy seller had some restructuring over the past couple of decades while some of its competitors started to loose its shine.   Back in the 1970s and 1980s, Sears and Montgomery Wards were a couple of power players in toys.   They're gone.  Then Kay-Bee and Kmart took over - which are gone, and not doing well, respectively.  

Hopefully it's no big deal, but toys are an increasingly tough sell as the speculator's market of the 1990s is over, modern children move to games faster, and collectors eventually fill their homes. 


Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,404: Darth Vader (The Last Jedi Line Look)

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, September 6, 2017

It's Star Wars so of course there's a new Darth Vader - this time packaged with the Probe Droid.  It's packed 1 per carton of 4 toys, the other 3 being Rathtars, so these tend to sell out quickly.  Particularly since it's the first new Original Trilogy thing in a while.  Should you get one?  Read on!

Director Colin Trevorrow Out for Episode IX

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Because things are fine, StarWars.com posted A Statement Regarding Star Wars: Episode IX.  Director Colin Trevorrow is out, after directing Jurassic World and Safety Not Guaranteed (largely positive) and the new Book of Henry (largely negative.)  A key quote:

"Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ."

No new director is known, but at this point I'd start putting money in big names and former Lucasfilm collaborators.

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,403: Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master, The Last Jedi Line Look)

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, September 5, 2017

After an absence of new figures for The Force Awakens, the original trilogy's main hero gets not one, but three known 3 3/4-inch scale action figures for The Last Jedi so far!  The Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master) is in stores now and you might even be able to find it at a store near you this week.  Should you track him down?  Read on!

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,402: Bala-Tik (The Last Jedi Line Look)

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, September 4, 2017

Two years later is better than never!   Bala-Tik made it as a pack-in for the just-released-last-weekend Rathtar creature.  He has a blaster and he talks - he also screams.   The design turned out fairly well, and you can probably find him at a store near you as I type this.  Read on!

Q&A: Star Wars - The Last Jedi Launch Edition

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, September 3, 2017

This week in Q&A - HasCon! I'll be there, will you? The 40th Anniversary... was not as crappy as the 20th anniversary line. Prices - why? And Mini Vehicles - are they dead, wrapped in plastic?

And send in your questions for next week. Read on!

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,401: Rathtar (The Last Jedi Line Look)

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, September 3, 2017

Hasbro's new Star Wars line - where it doesn't mention the new movie by name anywhere on the packaging - really does span the whole saga.  I found a new sculpt (and stunning) 1977-style Obi-Wan Kenobi on Saturday, and they also pay tribute to some cool stuff from The Force Awakens, as there is much that would still make a good toy.  We got a Rathtar!   He can eat figures.   He can make superbly cool and gross noises on the Force Link band.  Unfortunately, his tentacles can pop out easily, and he's basically a potato with a mouth.  I like it - it comes with a cool figure.  Read on!

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,400: Chewbacca with Porg (The Last Jedi Line Look)

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, September 1, 2017

Day #2400! Why am I still doing this?   Just released this week, let's look at Chewbacca with Porg. The figure is awesome.  The animal buddy is awesome.  The bowcaster may be Hasbro's worst, as it falls apart if it touches anything.  Bring glue, but do give this figure a look - it's sturdy otherwise.  Read on!

New Star Wars 6-Inch Value Figures Found at Wisconsin Walgreens

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, September 1, 2017

3355 UPDATE: These were also found at a Phoenix, AZ area Walgreens store for $6.99 each.

One of the few people I talk to nearly every day is my pal Phil in Wisconson.  Today, Phil shared this photo of 4 new 6-inch figures at Walgreens - this format has also been found at Family Dollar, Big Lots!, and Dollar General since last year.   Rey is back in new packaging.  The Stormtrooper was sold in Mexico and Australia in 2015, and is making its US debut here.  Captain Phasma and C-3PO are making their debuts here as well.  They're basically the same size as 6-inch The Black Series figures so if you need army builder filler for your shelves, give these a look.

We have no price at this time as none was listed (usually they sell for $7 or less), but it's worth noting for you Transformers fans that I found Cyber Battalion Prowl and Bumblebee at a Phoenix-area Walgreens for $16.99 today. These are Voyager-sized robots sold previously in South America and China.

If you want to see more about existing 6-inch value figures, click here for a listing of our Figure of the Day reviews.

Star Wars Force Link Troubleshooting - Body of Evidence

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, September 1, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Force Link Starter Set If you picked up a Force Link bracelet in the Starter Set, BB-8 Playset, or Toys R Us you might have been trying to give it a shot by placing the reader up against the blue symbol on your figures' feet.

Do not do this.

The chip for the sounds is not located in the figures' feet, but rather in their torso.   If you consult the instruction sheet,  you'll notice that it shows the illustration of a hand gripping the figure by the body - which is how you're going to get your best results.  Similarly, the chips in the vehicles and creatures are not necessarily where the blue Force Link symbol may indicate and you'll want to try a few things to get them in just the right position.  Sometimes it's logical, and in some cases - like the Resistance Ski Speeder - it's placed perfectly with the vehicle's natural handle.