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Hasbro Toy Fair 2008
Collector Event Presentation
Hasbro started off this years tour a little differently from the past. This time, we were treated to a 2 hour presentation & Q&A session, followed by a shuttle ride to their showroom. You can see the full Star Wars portion of that presentation right here. Our research droids gathered alot of information, so let's get right to it! We'll start you off with a small gallery of Hasbro's lobby. As you might have guessed, Clone Wars and Indy were big in the Hasbro showroom!
Hasbro presented a wide ranging product line for 2008. They divulged quite a bit about the line through the fall of this year. About what? Let's find out!
30TH ANNIVERSARY BASIC FIGURES
First, the current 30TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION will continue to have a presence on shelves through July. However, there will only be TWO waves of Basic Figures for the remaining 30TH Anniversary Collection. The current wave, REVENGE OF THE SITH which is in stores now, and THE FORCE UNLEASHED which will ship in March. These two waves of Basic Figures and the final 30AC Saga Legends wave will be the last of the Basic Figure offerings until the line relaunches with the new CLONE WARS line and the concurrent LEGACY COLLECTION which will celebrate the entire Star Wars Saga.
30TH ANNIVERSARY EXCLUSIVES
There are still a good number of 30TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION exclusives in the pipeline. Here's a breakdown of the offerings and their retailers:
Aayla Secura's Jedi Starfighter
THE FORCE UNLEASHED The Battle of Kashyyyk Battle Pack - Includes Darth Vader, 2 x Stormtroopers & 2
x Wookiee Warriors
THE FORCE UNLEASHED Jungle
Rancor with rider - Includes a Felucian rider & saddle
- IN STORES APRIL '08
ORDER 66 2-Packs - Featuring the following 2-packs:
-Anakin Skywalker & ARC
-Obi-Wan Kenobi & ARC
Trooper Commander (red)
-Jedi Master Sev & ARC
-Emporer Palpatine & Commander
-Luminara Unduli & AT-RT
Driver (Kashyyyk camo)
-Jedi Master Tsui
Choi & BARC
GALACTIC HEROES Cinema Scene - Endor Speeder Bike Chase
GALACTIC HEROES Cinema Scene - Battle of Mustafar
TOYS R US
Attack Battle Pack - Includes 2 x STAP's, 2 x Pilot Battle Droids & 1 x Super
Patrol Battle Pack - Includes Luke Skywalker, Tauntaun & Wampa
THE FORCE UNLEASHED 3-PACK
- Includes Darth Vader & 2 x Incinerator Troopers - IN STORES JULY '08
THE FORCE UNLEASHED 3-PACK
- Includes Emporer Palpatine & 2 x Blackhole
Stormtroopers - IN STORES JULY '08
FACTORY 2-Packs. The Droid Factory concept is launching with these 2-packs exclusively at WalMart stores. But
this is also one of the last offerings of the 30TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION. Each 2-pack includes of a Build-A-Figure droid. There are 6 pieces in all, and they assemble to form C-3PX, a Protocol Droid with weaponry. Each 2-pack includes the same droid part. The
2-pack lineups are as follows:
-Darth Vader & K-3PX
-Plo Koon & R4-F5
-Kit Fisto & R4-H5
(X-Wing pilot gear) & R2-D2
-Watto & R2-TO
-Han Solo (Hoth
gear, blue) & R-3PO
SAN DIEGO COMIC CON
We broke this news first several weeks ago in our Q&A sessions with Hasbro. The 2008 San Diego Comic Con exclusive figure will be a giant holographic Emporer Palpatine head from THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, depicting the scene where Darth Vader confers with the Emporer. It will feature a light-up base along with a sound chip with phrases from TESB. The packaging will be similar in style to the Shadow Scout Trooper that was sold as the 2007 SDCC exclusive. And it will also be made available via Hasbro Toy Shop.
The Legacy Collection
THE LEGACY COLLECTION has been announced as the catch-all, classic Star Wars line. This line will be the home for figures from both the Classic and Prequel trilogies as well as real-world versions of characters from the original Clone Wars series. The card design is quite similar to that of THE CLONE WARS line, being shaped like a trooper helmet. But this line uses a Stormtrooper helmet rather than a Clone Trooper for the cardback silhouette.
According to Hasbro's press release we are set to see a total of 30 Basic Figures in THE LEGACY COLLECTION line for 2008. This line launches the same day as THE CLONE WARS, on July 26th, 2008. It will have a seperate SKU from Clone Wars, and run concurrently with classic offerings.
A new feature in Hasbro's Star Wars basic figure line is the build a figure concept. That concept is being called THE DROID FACTORY. This concept is designed to give us never before offered droids in a way that Star Wars figures have never before been offered. Each part for a DROID FACTORY droid is unique to a single figure in a wave. The Han Solo in LEGACY COLLECTION wave 1 will always have the same droid part. So don't worry about having to mix and match parts in order to complete the build-a-figure droid.
DROID FACTORY waves will consist of either 6 or 8 figures. Waves of 6 figures will have parts to build 1 X Protocol Droid. And waves of 8 figures will have parts for 2 X Astromech droids. So while the price for Basic Figures may have risen to $7.99 per figure, there are now parts for one additional figure in each figure package. DROID FACTORY will launch under the 30AC banner in a series of WalMart exclusive 2-packs starting July 1. Check our 30TH ANNIVERSARY REPORT for details.
The first two LEGACY COLLECTION waves are listed with 8 figures each, bringing the line to a total of 16 figures. There are another 14 Basic Figures scheduled for the remainder of 2008, so we can extrapolate that there will be at least 1 X wave of six figures and 1 X wave of eight figures that have yet to be announced. Hasbro confirmed that wave 3 which remains unannounced will include a Protocol Droid. As such we can expect 6 figures in wave 3.
But now onto the figure listings for THE LEGACY COLLECTION! Wave 1 is themed around RETURN OF THE JEDI. Three of these figures are from a deleted scene, where the Rebels find themselves in a sandstorm after the Sarlacc Pit battle. The scene was deemed unusable when Episode VI was in production, but fan lore has kept this scene alive. And in an effort to keep core character offerings fresh, Hasbro pitched this particular wave to Lucas Licensing. So please do not take this figure wave as an indicator that Lucasfilm may be releasing OT DVD's with deleted scenes....even if that would be really cool!
LEGACY COLLECTION WAVE 1 - RETURN OF THE JEDI - IN STORES 7/26
Han Solo - Tatooine sandstorm
Luke Skywalker - Tatooine sandstorm
Chewbacca - Tatooine sandstorm
Yarna d'al Gargan - Jabba's dancer
Bane Malor - Jabba's palace
Ak Rev - Jabba's band drummer (gong connects with Umpass Stay's from the 30TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION )
Leektar & Nippet - Ewok & Wokling
Darth Vader (features 3 piece removable helmet)
R4-D6 - DROID FACTORY BUILD A FIGURE
R7-ZO - DROID FACTORY BUILD A FIGURE
LEGACY COLLECTION wave 2 was previously regarded as 30TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION (2008) wave 3. However, Hasbro felt that issuing this wave as the 30AC sku's were being phased out would result in extremely short figure runs on this wave. Hence it was moved back to be part of THE LEGACY COLLECTION so that the figures would enjoy a more numerous production run.
LEGACY COLLECTION WAVE 2 - CLONE WARS - IN STORES 8/10
Obi-Wan Kenobi in General's armor
Padme Amidala - Ilum
Saesee Tiin in General's armor
Clone Scuba Trooper
IG Lancer Droid
Mon Calamari Warrior
Clone Trooper with quad cannon
R7-T1 - DROID FACTORY BUILD A FIGURE
R4-J1 - DROID FACTORY BUILD A FIGURE
Hasbro confirmed in their presentation that a Saga Legends line will be returning to stores in the Fall of 2008. It is designed to get classic characters into the mix. And it will also bring a third basic action figure sku into the toy aisles. A figure lineup is still pending, and will most likely be released in time for San Diego Comic Con.
Only 1 new Battle Pack was on display in the Hasbro showroom. The official name is still TBD.
- Includes Han Solo - Hoth (VTAC with hood up, brown), Chewbacca (Early Bird kit),
R5-M2, K-3PO (without battle damage) & Imperial probe droid
Hasbro revealed one exclusive vehicle in their presentation. Expect more to be revealed later in the year.
Green Leader A-Wing starfighter - Includes Arvel Crynyd - WALMART EXCLUSIVE
has been a mighty rumor floating about regarding a retooled and significantly larger
Millenium Falcon. This story has had some legs since the Falcon was found listed in at least one retail computer system. Hasbro has stated repeatedly that they would like to retool the Falcon. However circumstances are such that they are not fielding questions about the Millenium Falcon at this time. HOWEVER, should the Clone Wars AT-TE prove to be successful, it might pave the way for just such a Millenium Falcon. So be sure to buy those AT-TE's at full price. Take this reporter's word for it: it's
worth the price.
The Clone Wars
THE CLONE WARS theatrical release and television series is the driving force behind the Hasbro-Star Wars line in 2008. It launches in stores on July 26th, and is bound to be a topic for a lot of discussion. The product offerings run the gamut from the Basic Figure line, to a mail-away promotion, to vehicles, role play and beyond. So what can we expect?
The $64,000 question about the figures from THE CLONE WARS is whether or not the figures are presented in an animated style or not. And the answer? The figures are stylized in a fashion that is similar to the animation. But unlike the previous CLONE WARS animated offerings, these figures are much more articulated. The stylization is more evident on the un-armored figures. But it doesn't shine through quite as much on the Clone Troopers or droids. However the stylization is very evident on figures like Yoda.
These figures have got some serious accessories as well. Some that border on what we've come to know as action features. These figures also integrate reasonably well with the vehicles that have been designed for the 3-3/4" figure system.
THE CLONE WARS is set to include a total of 23 Basic Figures in 2008. All told there were nine figures on display. It appears to be the first wave of figures plus the promotional Captain Rex figure. Here's the lineup that has been revealed so far:
Obi-Wan Kenobi in
armor (includes Clone helmet & backpack)
numerous open tool hatches and accessories)
General Grievous (signifigantly
larger and features arms that split into 4 arms)
Clone Trooper (includes
rocket launcher accessory)
Captain Rex has been the subject of much discussion in the community. Namely because this is the mailaway figure, and this particular Clone has also been featured prominently in the trailer for THE CLONE WARS. Rex is an ARC Trooper with blue markings. The mailaway version of Captain Rex will be different from the Basic Figure line offering. The mailaway will feature different deco as well as a removable helmet. Additionally, the card for Captain Rex can unfold to create a small diorama. This is unique to the mailaway Captain Rex figure, and that feature does not appear on the cards for the rest of the Basic Figure line.
There were no Clone Wars Battle Packs on display in the Hasbro showroom. However there was a package mockup for a forthcoming battle pack. It's called SPEEDERBIKE PATROL and will feature 2 x Clone Troopers and 2 x BARC Speeders.
Expanded Universe Comic Packs
The comic 2-pack concept continues into 2008's LEGACY COLLECTION. Expect a total of 15 2-packs to be offered. These are to be offered from late spring through the fall. Here are the ones that have been announced by Hasbro thus far:
- includes Tol Skorr & Asajj Ventress
- includes Durge & Anakin Skywalker
- includes Darth Talon & Cade Skywalker
- includes Antares Draco & Ganner Keig (previously confirmed in our Hasbro Q&A
Marvel STAR WARS #68
- Dengar & Fenn Shysa
Marvel STAR WARS #69
- Princess Leia Organa & Tabbi Dala
INFINITIES - RETURN OF THE JEDI #4
- Includes Princess Leia Organa (VTAC with sniper rifle) & redeemed Darth Vader
SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE -
Includes Princess Leia Organa & Prince Xizor
HEIR TO THE EMPIRE -
Includes Talon Kardde & Grand Admiral Thrawn
w/ ysalamir (new sculpt)
There will also be another series of WalMart exclusive 2-packs. These include:
Marvel STAR WARS #44
- includes Lando Calrissian & Stormtrooper
REVENGE OF THE SITH #3
- includes Kashyyyk Trooper & Wookiee Warrior
REVENGE OF THE SITH #1
- includes Anakin Skywalker & Count Dooku
The Force Unleashed
The 4 current Evolutions sets that are shipping now (The Fett Legacy, The Sith Legacy, The Jedi Order & The Force Unleashed) will all be shipping again in THE LEGACY COLLECTION packaging once that line launches in July. There are also two new offerings that were confirmed in Hasbro's presentation:
REBELLION PILOTS LEGACY - Includes Dorovio Bold (X-Wing pilot), Wes Janson (Snowspeeder gunner) & Ten Nunb (B-Wing pilot)
PADME AMIDALA LEGACY - Includes Queen Amidala (EPISODE I, pre-Senate), Padme Amidala (EPISODE II, white Geonosis outfit), Padme Amidala (EPISODE III, Coruscant Apartment garb)
The Star Wars Transformers line is set to carry over into 2008 under the Crossovers name. According to Hasbro a total of 18 Transformers figures are set to be released under the Star Wars banner. Only two were on display at Toy Fair. They include:
Republic Gunship/ARC Trooper Pilot - Space whale / Clone Wars deco
Jedi Starfighter with hyperdrive ring/Obi-Wan Kenobi - This is a repaint of the previously released Saesee Tiin fighter with hyperdrive ring.