Hasbro released their numbers for the 1st quarter of 2019 and overall the quarter was alright for the company. Hasbro reported revenues of $732.5 million and net earnings of $26.7 million. But what about Star Wars? Click through for more info!
Let’s play a game. There are two figures featured below (you can click on them to see the full images of each). One was shipped in a bubble envelope and was found underneath a 25-pound box from Plated.com on my doorstep. The other arrived in a standard cardboard box with air pillows by itself with no other packages around it. Can you guess which one came in the bubble envelope and which one came in a cardboard box? If I told you that Walmart.com was involved in one of the shipments, would that clear things up for you? You cannot make this stuff up, folks.
I found the following photo on Reddit, where it was posted by a user who asked if this is a rare factory error…
So what do you think?
As usual, leave your thoughts in the comments!
The Mandalorian will debut its first episode in November on Disney+. Hasbro most certainly has a number of figures for the show in development or production even. Time to talk about what you want from Hasbro for the Mandalorian – both TVC and Black Series! Do you think we will get a dedicated wave or two for The Mandalorian? Or just a couple of figures here and there? My hope is that the Mandalorian won’t just be a huge hit for Disney+, but that Hasbro will give as at least as many figures for the Mandalorian as we get for any of the sequel movies. Figures we do need is the Mandalorian himself, with removable helmet, provided the character will ever remove the helmet on the show, plus Gina Carano’s and Carl Weather’s character, Werner Herzog’s Imperial, Giancarlo Eposito’s character, that droid co-pilot we saw on the Razorcrest, the female Twi’Lek that was glanced, the Incinirator Trooper, a Gonk droid (for 6 inch at least) and at least one or the other background alien would be nice.
With Episode IX on the horizon I think that the last quarter of 2019 will be focused on that, but maybe in the first half of 2020 we will get some great Mandalorian toys? Or will we just get the occasional figure here and there, similar to Rebels which has not received a single TVC figure yet and only most of the main crew in the Black Series? That would be somewhat of a disappointment, in my opinion. I think Hasbro should do more for the first live action Star Wars series. So what do you think?
During Star Wars Celebration Chicago we discussed the aesthetically displeasing name pill on the current The Vintage Collection figures and how Hasbro is “aware” of this and are looking into it. Admittedly, Hasbro struggled with this detail since the line’s earliest days, but it’s never too late to correct things. Many collectors hope Hasbro will remedy this soon for the line. Upon closer look at the name pill for the Retro Collection Grand Moff Tarkin, Hasbro interestingly perfected the name pill. They couldn’t make it better if they tried. So, there is no need to “look into this” because they’re already doing it. We only need them to apply to The Vintage Collection line next. What is getting lost in translation with The Vintage Collection line that they are getting right in the Retro Collection? Hasbro, can you please apply the same graphic design strategy for The Vintage Collection next? Thank you!
Hasbro tried once before to show tribute towards The Phantom Menace with the Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D] line. It quickly became known as the “TPM 3D Debacle of 2012.” Rumors still abound today that retail was fooled into believing the 3D release of Episode I was an all-new Star Wars film. Because of this belief, they over-ordered product which resulted in typically nothing beyond wave 1 of any toy assortment ever making it to shelves. Even wave 10 of The Vintage Collection blocked the flow of future assortments (for nearly the rest of the 2012 calendar year). We say all that to ask you if Hasbro should do something to celebrate the film’s 20th anniversary (more than what’s been done already)? We’re gearing up for our little tribute here, but should there be a couple of waves of figures that pay homage to the first film in the Prequel Trilogy? Or should everyone let sleeping dogs lie? Is it time to refresh everyone’s interest in The Phantom Menace? Or is that not possible at this point?
Although Hasbro is going through a learning curve with “photorealistic” technology for The Vintage Collection figures, most collectors agree what an incredible enhancement it is to the line. But now that Hasbro updated four action figure 2010 with this glorious new deco approach, it makes us want other figures updated with this beautiful enhancement too. As long as Hasbro keeps the “repacked” case assortments out of the main line and separate as they did for the first four figures, I think this could work out well for everyone.
As you know, we recently reviewed all four updated figures HERE. But are there other action figures from the first phase of The Vintage Collection that you’d like to see updated as well? Are some characters more important than others? Keep in mind that we’re only talking about human likenesses here, as they’re the only figures that Hasbro can implement this technology right now. So that should help to narrow down the candidates.
File under: Why Walmart should not have Hasbro Star Wars exclusives. Ouch! What’s the deal with the Walmart exclusive Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard) figure for $32.50 at Walmart.com? I can’t wait for the Jabba’s Palace (Adventure Set) to list for $124.99!
Hasbro has released official PRESS IMAGES and we have them in a gallery on our Facebook page. Check them out!
Lastly, most products revealed yesterday are available for pre-order on Hasbro Pulse.
Pre-order the Amazon exclusive The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Emperor Palpatine with throne room chair!
Well, this is interesting. JTA reader bnicks87 sent me an image PROVING that the re-released TVC Darth Vader (VC08) figure has a running change. Our sample featured a two-piece removable helmet (dome/faceplate and collar), but bnicks87’s sample came with the original three-piece helmet. It looks as if only the earliest examples have the “Evolutions” helmet. Dang, it. I shouldn’t have opened mine.
During the Q&A at the Hasbro Presentation, the dreadful issue of the incorrectly designed “name pill” came up (and is something we’ve been complaining about since TVC’s return). While they were unable to answer definitely, Hasbro did concede that they’re looking into it. Hopefully, like other issues in the line, this also gets corrected as well. (Special thanks to JTA reader and friend Binary_Son for the graphic below and for helping to keep this a burning issue for super-articulated collectors.
Here is the gallery of the Hasbro showroom floor revealing all of the new stuff from the Presentation. Check it out on our Facebook page!
Earlier today the box art design for Episode IX toys was also revealed.
Oh man! There were some GREAT things revealed at the Hasbro presentation today at Star Wars Celebration. See them all in our gallery on our Facebook page. Click through for the notes!
In case there was any question, all three figures featured in the upcoming Skiff Guards three-pack will each be individually carded, and NOT set up like a Special Action Figure set. These will be revealed tomorrow.
Good news! It appears that The Retro Collection call-out on the front of the card backs is a sticker! Special thanks to friend Steve U. for the image and alert!
Celebration Chicago is officially underway and our first stop is at the Hasbro booth. There will be more reveals after their presentation tomorrow. Check out our full gallery from the Hasbro Booth right here!
Our sources tell us (and we’ve seen the images) that The Vintage Collection Chewbacca featured on the floor of SWCC is BACK to the A New Hope head sculpt (both loose and packaged). Something must have gotten lost in translation with the recent press images of the figure we discussed last week. But we will find out what’s going on with this figure for sure. Stay tuned for images and more.
It looks like Hasbro is finally doing right by Emperor Palpatine, as the long-rumored Force lightning is getting paired with the previously released figure and two additional portraits! And an all-new THRONE ROOM CHAIR! Awesome! How excited are you for the new The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ products getting announced at SWCC?
An image has surfaced on social media showing a supply of TVC Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) vehicles near Hasbro’s booth. (UPDATE: While they look like Jabba’s Sail Barges, they’re apparently not.) Are these for sale? And if they are is this a breach of the crowdfunding rules/contract? Or is this a supply of the reserved amounts for international collectors only? It gets so confusing sometimes.
UPDATE: We’re hearing from people on the floor that there are no Jabba’s Sail Barge vehicles for sale at SWCC. There are different products inside of these boxes.
How many of you out there would like to know that there could be a famous classic Original Trilogy Star Wars beast in Episode 9? Well, click through for more!
We’ve also just been apprised of a Galaxy Of Adventures Droid 3-Pack based on Episode 9 characters. It will be moderately priced.
We’ve just learned that a second, “TIE Fighter”-sized, TVC vehicle is coming forth into the line. It’s described as a medium-sized TVC vehicle, and although we don’t know for sure what it could be, it should be announced shortly. It retails for a little more than double the price of newly revealed Skiff, but it’s hard to judge as it’s a foreign currency which is always in motion. Could this be an X-wing Fighter or something similar perhaps to match the TIE Fighter? We’ve also seen UPC and assortment numbers for this item.
Despite all of the drama surrounding the Walmart exclusive TVC Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard) figure, some orders are finally arriving. This report is from Shakes The Clone. Post your reports in the comments!
JTA reader Jared had his TVC Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard) order canceled. And we anticipate many more cancellations are forthcoming. Click through for his story, and let us know what your experience is too! Always remember that “Walmart is a great retail partner!”
Longtime JTA reader Darth Curmudgeon received a damaged Sail Barge box. He then contacted Hasbro’s customer service. Please click through for the correspondence.
With special thanks to JTA reader Binary_Son, we have a sneak peek of the upcoming Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard) figure. It looks absolutely fantastic. I can’t wait for these to ship from Walmart!. Click the images below for four great comparison shots.
Thanks to an anonymous source, we’ve discovered evidence which suggests that new The Vintage Collection figures are confirmed coming to the mainline. There are also some 6″ figures listed as well. Click through for more!
The Walmart Exclusive The Vintage Collection Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard) process seemed like things had changed for the giant retailer, but now things are turning for the worse, and orders can’t be fulfilled (despite order statuses claiming it will arrive today). It was too good to be true we suppose. WARNING: salty language exists on this thread, but if you’re interested to see what a fellow collector experienced, check out this thread at Rebelscum Special thanks to JTA reader Rich K. for the alert. And if you have better luck, let us know!
Or maybe we’ll never get an accurate ANH Chewbacca at all! Well, of course, things had to go south as we get closer to the release date of the unacceptably long-awaited Chewbacca figure on a Star Wars card. As Hasbro releases high-resolution images, one can’t help to notice the devastatingly huge mistake they made. Get ready for the VOTC Episode VI Chewbacca for our “A New Hope” Chewy. What a travesty. Also, what in Heaven’s name is up with these name pills Hasbro? Your art department is CLUELESS. Please fix this immediately. Thanks to all who wrote in to ruin my morning with this news. 🙂
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