Remember THIS random utterance? What a coincidence! Robot Kingdom has put up for pre-order a case assortment that greatly resembles our collection of figure ideas, but with two new additions!! Check that out HERE.
STAR WARS MIGHTY MUGGS Figure Assortment
(Ages 6 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: January 2018)
Iconic STAR WARS characters are spinning heads around the galaxy with the STAR WARS MIGHTY MUGGS Figures. Whether it be REY with a face of determination preparing for battle or KYLO REN with an evil grin as he imagines taking over the galaxy, these hyper-stylized figures feature a push-and-turn mechanism that lets fans change the figure’s facial expression by pushing down on the head. With 3 different expressions and classic character designs, these figures will have fans doing a triple take. Characters include LUKE, PRINCESS LEIA, REY, KYLO REN, and more. Each sold separately. Available at most major retailers and on HasbroToyShop.com.
Well, this is interesting. I had received some correspondence from our friends at Star Wars Figuren earlier this morning noting that there are different variations to how Luke’s face was painted on the TARGET exclusive “Ahch-To Island” version hitting now. Then my friend Rich Alot, who is on business in Tokyo Japan, found this same exclusive there and those Luke figures had just a slight pink hue to their faces. Now, friend Mario M. sends me an image of a Luke that appears to have no zombie quality at all (where the red/pink deco is completely gone). Click the image below for more.
JTA Reader MaxOfRen shared with me a packaging variant he noticed last night when picking up another Rey on Crait TRU Exclusive. As you can see from the images below, the left one has a raised, glossy text while the right one is flat and matte. Both of these Rey’s have the same date codes stamped on them as well, so that is even more perplexing, but now the variant hunters can begin the search. Which one do you have?
The Toy Run Podcast Facebook page has started a pretty interesting discussion about how collectors view LEGO versus Hasbro. The discussion is so good that I think it warrants bringing this out of social media and to the Star Wars fan site community where it belongs. Here are the thoughts and questions paraphrased:
LEGO collectors went crazy for the UCS Millennium Falcon. It sold out within a day or two and no one balked at the price. Likewise, there aren’t too many complaints about its size or the space it takes up. The only complaints seem to be that it’s sold out and there are still people who want to purchase it.
Then you take the Hasbro Star Wars action figure crowd of collectors. Hasbro finally gives us a HUGE FO Special Forces TIE Fighter for $169 in The Black Series 6″ line and it pretty much bombs at retail. It didn’t even sell out 2 years later (!) at $50 online this past Black Friday.
Why is a Lego collector willing to pay $800+ (and is happy about it) while a Hasbro Star Wars action figure collector doesn’t want to spend $170 for a big vehicle? It’s perplexing.
In our comments, please leave your own thoughts about this.
Despite showing up at TARGET for $49.99. Despite showing up at multiple discount outlets for pennies on the dollar. Despite showing up on Hasbro Toy Shop’s eBay store. Despite multiple Amazon deal of the days for this item. Despite Walmart’s and Toys R Us’ online stores dumping it for a fraction of its original MSRP. Despite ALL OF THIS, there is STILL stock of the successful The Black Series [Phase III] First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter. Now ROSS is receiving them (along with a ton other The Force Awakens and Rogue One merchandise) for $69.99. I don’t think there is anywhere else this vehicle can go. Bring back super-articulation in a hardcore fashion, and see this overstock become a fraction of what it currently is.
Yahoo! has republished their popular article on the vintage Kenner Star Wars Early Bird Kit (which originally ran December 2015). Because this December marks the official 40th Christmas anniversary of Kenner’s groundbreaking Early Bird Kit “empty box” promotion, Yahoo! has wisely decided to rerun the article and update it to include The Black Series 6″ Legacy Pack which was inspired off of this original collectible as well as other “insider” updates. We should also note, although not mentioned in the article, that Hasbro paid homage to this concept back in 2005 for 3.75″ scaled action figures for The Saga Collection. You can check out both the Early Bird Certificate Package and the Early Bird Figures sets in our Research Droids Reviews. In the meantime, check out the revised article from Yahoo! News.
JTA reader from France, Patrice, sends us evidence that, for lack of of a better description, the “inclusive edition” of Monopoly has reached his homeland. This edition includes Rey and the packaging has been given a “call out” sticker to notify potential buyers of Rey’s inclusion here. This is an interesting turn of events since Hasbro declared recently (this past summer) that an edition including Rey would not be produced.
Toy giant Hasbro has approached Mattel about a potential takeover offer, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, a deal that could put iconic brands such as Barbie and Transformers under the same roof. Click through tfor the BREAKING NEWS report at CNBC.com.
Wow. After everyone received his/her GameStop exclusive Inferno Squadron Agent figure, GameStop sends out their PRESS RELEASE noting the figure’s official release…. which is apparently today. Click through for the full PRESS RELEASE
Our friends at Fantha Tracks know a retailer who received the latest case assortment of the Star Wars [The Last Jedi] Two-Packs line. Do you see a problem here? Too much repetition of old and very little new makes retailer pegs a dull option for customers. Baze and Chirrut obviously have new Force Link technology, but they’re old figures. There is technically only one major new figure in this entire case pack (if you don’t count the revised BB-9E figure: Rose in disguise. Consider us concerned about wave 3 every making it to store pegs.
It’s confirmed. HASCON 2019 is coming on September 6-8th in Providence RI! Chris, clear your calendar and make room in the guest room! Hasbro breaks the news on Twitter today!
UPDATE: PRESS RELEASE ADDED!
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH SCALE Porgs
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $5.99/Available: Spring 2018)
MIGHTY MUGGS Figure Assortment
(Ages 6 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: January 2018)
It’s been over a month since HASCON Captain Rex made his live appearance at HasbroToyShop.com, and he has made a few scattered appearances since then. However, the past few nights, at 4:25 am EST EXACTLY, he has come in stock. It’s real, it’s not fake. He has been ordered and has been shipped. Where is this stock coming from? I don’t know, but it seems a little late for returns and cancellations. It’s just sold out again now, but I wanted to make those aware that it could very well come in stock again tomorrow morning. Good luck to those still searching!
JTA reader Eric S. picked up his order from Entertainment Earth today and sent us a quick image of the Bistan/Shoretrooper Two-Pack. It’s still in Rogue One packaging (not that we really expected anything else). Let us know when yours start arriving!
For many of us, in the last couple of years, we have found a new appreciation for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Many have likened the film to a bottle of fine wine, that is getting better with age. Certainly far from perfection, the issues in the film often go overlooked in favor of enjoying what is enjoyable about it. Jar Jar Binks is usually the scapegoat for the film’s critics, but even he doesn’t bother us like he used to. (more….)
THANK YOU, Steve Evans! Would you believe that the new R2-D2 from the Star Wars [The Last Jedi] line is not only Force Link compatible, but that it has been made from the fan favorite Build A Droid sculpt? Hasbro resurrected this tooling (complete with foot wiring) to create a divine version of R2-D2. It’s one of the greatest R2-D2 figures we have received in the line to date! We have been begging Hasbro to bring back this sculpt into the basic figure line, and it appears they’ve listened! Stay tuned for more soon! Click the thumbnail below to check out R2-D2 in an un-assembled state!
When I look back at the third phase of The Black Series 6″ line through the recent reveals at NYCC, there is a diverse assortment of about six figures that really stand out to me. Lando Calrissian and the Imperial Royal Guard from wave 11 are definitely two of Hasbro’s best efforts. But then when I jog my memory further back in history, I remember the excitement of waiting to acquire the First Order Stormtrooper and Captain Phasma from wave 1 and wave 2 respectively. (That was of course before I saw Episode VII.) And then what a joy it was actually attending the HASCON convention and get the exclusive Clone Captain Rex. It’s going to be so exciting to see his “photo realistic” face deco in person. And the NYCC-revealed Rey (Island Journey) was a nice surprise too. She’s a nice-looking figure that’s also coming with “photo realistic” technology. You can truly see how far they’ve come in this format. These are not fourth rate action figures. No, they ride the crest of the wave of action figure superiority as far as we’re concerned. I wouldn’t mind seeing them again before the end of the year in fact. Let us know what figures stand out for you too!
JTA reader Michael M. has found the new Galactic Heroes sets at his local retailer and noticed something about Luke’s “walking stick”. What do you think?
JTA Facebook reader Chris C. posted a couple of look images on our Facebook page showing how nice the head sculpt of Luke Skywalker (Jedi Exile) from the Force Link line looks. Check it out by clicking the thumbnail below.
Uh-oh, some The Black Series 6″ collectors are going to be upset! Click through for more.
We’re continuing our discussion about what figures Hasbro should probably focus on for The Vintage Collection. Our next topic up for discussion is The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. We’ve enlisted the help of famed customizer Peakob1 and his readership add their voices to come up with a great cast of options. So now, we want our readers to check out their suggestions and continue to add to the list of character ideas for this great and rich period of Star Wars. Remember, this great cast of characters would be figures done in realistic style for The Vintage Collection. Click through for more!
According to a new product listing on Amazon, it appears that the next wave of Star Wars [The Last Jedi] figures could have a release date as late as February 2018. This is strange because we heard that this wave should be right around the corner from arriving at retail. But who knows what’s really going on with distribution such a mess.Thanks to JTA reader Bryan L. for directing us to this listing.
Some of you have asked to see what the revised neck peg of the Kylo Ren (Throne Room) figure looks like. Click the thumbnail image below to check it out.
Our good friends at BanthaSkull.com attended a different session of the Hasbro roundtable, so different topics on The Vintage Collection were discussed. Please check out their overview of the conversation and be sure to look for a slam at someone too.
You may or may not have noticed, but Anakin Skywalker has been conspicuously left out of our last Collect All 92! article for a very specific reason. There has been controversy surrounding what version of Anakin Skywalker the 1985 figure intended to represent. Was that figure supposed to be the Force Spirit as he appeared at the end of Return Of The Jedi, or was it an Expanded Universe “off screen” take of the character “in the flesh” that we never saw onscreen? Judging by the reference image on the POTF card back, it very clear to us that the figure is intended to be the Force Spirit. Either way, 1999’s POTF2 [FB/CT] Anakin Skywalker figure doesn’t represent a good modern update to the 1985 release. That being said, IF Hasbro ever updated this figure, would you prefer the Force Spirit approach taken with 2017’s TBS [P3] Obi-Wan Kenobi (Force Spirit) figure, or would you prefer a redo of the 1999 approach instead?
The Hasbro roundtable discussion, in my opinion, was a fruitful event. It got me inspired once again to figure out where we are with The Vintage Collection and where we need to go from an “old school/Original Trilogy” point of view. Please be patient, we will definitely be looking at the various sections of the Star Wars timeline individually so that a clearer and more focused discussion can be had. In the meantime, we have distilled where we stand with Hasbro updating the “Collect All 92!” original vintage Kenner figures in the modern line. This isn’t meant to be interpreted that Hasbro should “only do this” but instead a “when you focus on this, this is what should be considered.” We’re not alienating any group of collectors who want other types of figures. Those articles are forthcoming. To be clear, we will be doing similar articles for Prequel Trilogy, Sequel Trilogy and Expanded Universe characters in addition to other new canon including standalone films, Rebels and The Clone Wars. (more….)
In a surprising and exciting move, Hasbro decided to interview select media outlets to get their specific thoughts on The Vintage Collection as they plan the line for 2019. (more….)
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