Have you see this year's Gentle Giant Holiday Bust for Star Wars? It's Jar Jar Binks with a nifty santa hat and electronic lights! Numbered and limited to barely over 200 units, this particular version does not include Wald as a companion piece, but there is a swell magnetic base which masks the bust's "on" switch. There are multiple light blinking modes, and yes, we've got a video after the jump.
Possibly appearing in an underpriced 8-pack at a Walmart near you, this late-arriving Obi-Wan Kenobi is actually pretty good. I hate that the battery is sealed inside, but the design other than that isn't half bad. He's bulkier to fit the electronics, but the removable "skirt" lets him sit and the detail is quite good. Should you get one?
It's the Shock Trooper, 2012 style! The sculpt is thinner, the deco is crisp, but it lacks some of the damage from before. I like it. And thankfully, you can probably find it out. Want to know more?
If you're still looking for singles or extras to open of the final internet only wave of The Vintage Collection, then look no further as Amazon now has most of them marked down to $4.93 (and $3.25 for the Discover The Force re-packs!). And if you also need a TVC Wedge on the cheap because you couldn't bring yourself to open the one you paid a Benjamin for earlier this year, he's also under $5! Free Super Saver Shipping too with orders over $25!
From our sponsors at Brian's Toys: Brian's Toys features a wide range of new products in this week's newsletter! The new Prime 1st Edition Transformers have hit their shelves and are ready to ship. Star Wars Angry Birds Early Bird Packs are available as well.
From our sponsors at BigBadToyStore: New Star Wars arrivals include the awesome Real Action Hero (with Sounds!) C-3PO and R2-D2 and the new Sixth Scale Utapau Trooper from Sideshow! Check out all the new pre-orders and IN STOCK items after the jump!
The M.T.T. has some awesome play features, as seen in this demo video/commercial from Hasbro! Retract the Rack!
ToysRUs.com has posted another 8 hour Cyber Sale for 50-60% off select items including the Vintage B.M.F. and M.T.T.! The Falcon is now selling for $125 (regularly $249.99) and the M.T.T. is $90 (regularly $179.99). There's also some also deals this week including a sale on the K-Mart AT-ST, Wolf Pack Gift Sets for under $15 at Walmart.com, and the Darth Maul Returns Battle Pack is now on clearance!
The Blue R4-Series Astromech Droid is like R2-D2 with a pointier head. Well, part of it anyway. Big thanks to our pal Shannon for his assistance in making sure this guy got here where he belongs. Was it worth it?
This Luke Skywalker in his Bespin outfit is one of my favorite figures of the year. Also, all time. It's wonderful. Crisp lines in his outfit are remarkable. A working holster is awesome. Yellow hair is oh-so-retro. He can stand, sit, and requires little futzing to get him to behave as a good toy should. Hasbro, you've done well in my book!
The AV Club has a great article on The Star Wars Holiday Special! There are quotes from writers, all sorts of trivia, and the usual enjoyable commentary. “…And Introducing Chewbacca’s Family!” Case File #30: The Star Wars Holiday Special" looks into what could've been interesting and winded up as the saga's first and really only official "let's bury this under the rug" moment.
It's Darth Maul, as seen on TV and likely at a Target near you. With a nifty spinning mechanism integrated into the weapon (rather than the figure) it's a rather clever new take on an existing outfit. Is it worth shelling out for?
This week on The Clone Wars: Get surreal with "A Sunny Day in the Void." If you liked last week's episode, this is pretty much on par in terms of quality. Surreal, bleak environments are at the forefront of an episode that manages to reference a wide variety of sci-fi and fantasy projects in under 30 minutes without a single shot being fired or sword being drawn. More after the break.
This AT-ST Driver was released a few months ago and is probably still at a Kmart near you. (That is, if there's a Kmart near you.) It's based on the 2010 Target-exclusive release, but with Return of the Jedi-themed decoration and a sweller helmet. If they were cheaper, I'd buy more.
It's so hard to say goodbye, but Hasbro follows up on their plans to re-issue Vintage Collection action figures that were popular, like Starkiller and Shae Vizla, and others from 2012 waves (like more of the Red Kithaba variant). These are scheduled to distribute in February 2013, but based on recent sightings in the wild, some may be shipping to stores now.