From our sponsors at Brian's Toys: This week features lots of new as well as restocked Gentle Giant, Master Replicas, and vintage items. A Master Replica Stormtrooper Blaster and Shadow Stormtrooper Helmet will turn some heads, but check out a nice collection of Gentle Giant stautes that include a new Darth Malgus and the old Jabba the Hutt with Slave Leia.
So let's talk classic cuts of the original trilogy in this week's Q&A, because, why not? Are we going to see drastic changes to licensing? And what kind of pod racer figures do you need to supply a kid with all the important stuff? All this, Iron Fists, and more in this week's exciting-ish column!
This week in Galactic Hunter Video Theater we're going to look at the biggest source of new footage in the 1990s with Star Wars Rebel Assault II: The Hidden Empire! This was a PC game which was ported to numerous platforms, including the original Playstation (which is where I played it). You played the disgustingly generically named "Rookie One" through a story which, I must confess, I had completely forgotten before perusing this video again. Like most Star Wars games in the 1990s, you get a ton of musical cues from the films and a story which basically remixed action scenes and space battles from the films with a few new bits and pieces, essentially letting you control a remixed version of the Star Wars trilogy. (As back then, there were only three movies.) Check out over 40 minutes of questionable acting and even worse special effects after the break!
Based on the last season of the original Clone Wars cartoon, this Anakin Skywalker figure is tarted up with leech secretions and looks pretty dang great! Sure, we got a "realistic" version later but this is where the unique look came from. You want one, right?
Reader Patrick Curatola sends the heads up that Costco is now selling their exclusive Jedi Force Epic Rivals set featuring Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, R2-D2, an X-Wing Fighter, and Vader's TIE Advance X-1 Fighter.
Sideshow is now taking pre-orders for their new Darth Maul Legendary Scale Bust. This latest addition to the 1:2 Legendary Scale collection is hand painted and individually finished in awesome detail.
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Walmart will be selling a special 8 Pack of Star Wars action figures for $25 each beginning Thursday, November 22nd at 8 pm through Black Friday, November 23rd at 11 pm. This pack will be available in stores only.
The attack of the birds begins today as the new Star Wars Angry Birds app is now available for download for the iPhone for 99 cents and for the iPad for $2.99 . It is also on the Google Play Store in HD format for $2.99 and regular format for free (with ads).
So Adi Gallia got her last new figure around 2004, which was itself a retool of the 1999 figure, which wasn't that great in the first place. She can sit, and a Stass Allie figure was released at the same time that is, for all intents and purposes, the same dang figure. It's part of the Jedi High Council set, so fans elevate her higher than the figure deserves, and diorama display people will probably want this one too.
This R2-D2 is pretty slick, and has been released twice so far... each time as an exclusive. The uniquely sculpted figure has blown-open panels and exposed wiring, effectively making this a "dead" R2-D2. It's wonderful.
This week on The Clone Wars: A New Hope! If you wanted magic, "The Gathering" delivered by introducing several new characters on a rarely-seen planet. Best of all, this episode was actually fun to watch. I'm actually jealous of kids who get to see this as children, I think I'd have been pretty stoked to have seen this at age 6 or 7. It's also probably the cutest thing you as a Star Wars fan will ever see on television. As always, spoilers and video await you!
Ahhh this is a good one. Thanks to my pal Shannon for helping me to get the Black R6 Series Astromech Droid, one of my favorites from the new Droid Factory at Disney Hollywood Studios Orlando. Is it worth tracking down?