Oh man, Hasbro opened a can of worms with the newly revealed DROIDS Boba Fett, See-Threepio (C-3PO), and Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) for The Vintage Collection. Not only have we pleaded for Hasbro to produce these for us in a 3.75-inch scale for years now, but we’ve also been working behind the scenes suggesting TVC product concepts with major retailers. We’re glad to see this brainstorm come to fruition. (more…)
The amazing Target exclusive The Vintage Collection and The Black Series Droids figures will be going up for pre-order at Target this morning at 9 AM Eastern. Links will go live once the product page is active. Good luck… You’re gonna need it.
UPDATE: PRE-ORDERS ARE SOLD OUT!
JTA reader Nick has found images of the card backs to the latest The Vintage Collection announcements on Zavvi. We find numbers to a slew of figures including VC200 Emperor Palpatine, VC205 Lando Calrissian, VC206 IG-11, VC207 Teebo, VC223 Lobot, and VC224 Bib Fortuna. Check out the images!
Pre-orders are live for yesterday’s The Vintage Collection and The Black Series announcements. Click below for product pages (We’ll add links as we find them)! The Walmart exclusive carbonized wave will not go up for pre-order until October 7.
The Vintage Collection
The Black Series
The Black Series Credit Collection
Most pre-orders from yesterday’s livestream don’t start until 1 PM Eastern today, but the full case assortment that includes Lobot and Bib Fortuna is currently available for pre-order on Entertainment Earth. Click here for the pre-order page.
I forewarned you to pick up The Original Trilogy Collection Lobot (OTC #20) figure because I knew Hasbro wouldn’t include the awesome accessories that came with the neo-classic figure. Get him now before he’s gone forever. You’re going to want that space-aged laptop and communicator, trust me.
Hasbro, we will give you proper congratulations for choosing the RAREST The Vintage Collection figure to re-release for us. But is there any way you could think outside of the box and go a step further? How much more would it have belabored you to include an alternate helmet of the 332nd Company (Ahsoka Tano’s Clone Trooper), so we can pair them with the glorious Ahsoka Tano (Mandalore) (VC202) figure you just released. Let us get this straight. We have The Black Series [Phase IV] version of this character and a 5-inch Galaxy Of Adventures version, but you can’t include a second helmet and give it to us in a 3.75-inch scale. You hurt us! We know “newness” to a figures counts as a new figure, but it would have been WORTH IT here. Oh, and please continue to pick candidates from JTA’s Top 25 Better Choices For The Repack Case Assortments poll.
Hasbro, there are some collectors who like the Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary The Power Of The Force “2” packaging. That’s fine. But if you must release figures in it, can you please get it right? Princess Leia (Ceremonial Outfit) (not “Yavin IV”) came in the final unique packaging of the Kenner/Hasbro The Power Of The Force “2” line, in “starburst” FlashBack and CommTech packaging, not the original red/green card backs. This version of Leia was also part of “The Princess Leia Collection” but that was different packaging too. Are you familiar with the different original modern toy line looks? Do you perform the appropriate research? It’s probably too late to fix, but you should, at the very least, know the error of your ways.
At the end of today’s Hasbro Livestream, we got our first look at the packaging for the upcoming HasLab The Razor Crest. Click through to check it out!
Patrick announced on Today’s Livestream that the HasLab Razor Crest will not be shipping this fall, but is now delayed until “Early 2022” due to the large number of backers that funded the project. It looks like we will have to wait a little longer for this ship to arrive!
The Target exclusive Antoc Merrick’s X-Wing Vehicle will NOT be going up for pre-order. Hasbro revealed today that this set will arrive directly to store shelves.
Today’s livestream offered little new things for The Black Series, instead it would be more appropriate to call it “The Exclusive Repaint & Repack Series”… Click through for all the reveals!
UPDATED with photos and additional info and commentary!
Hasbro revealed more Retro Collection and The Vintage Collection specialized figures today, including prototype and carbonized figures. There are also more Original 96 figures to add to the line, including the reveal of VC200. Click through for the detailed breakdown and discussion. Here’s a summary of what was announced:
The Vintage Collection (general release) (Pre-order September 9, 1 PM Eastern)
The Vintage Collection Troop Building Set (Pre-order September 9, 1 PM Eastern)
The Vintage Collection Carbonized Figures (Walmart) (Pre-order October 7, 1 PM Eastern)
Retro Collection (Target) (Pre-order September 9, 1 PM Eastern)
The Vintage Collection Pipeline Reveals
UPDATE: Details and images added
Hasbro’s next Star Wars Livestream starts in under an hour, today at 11 AM eastern. Join the Livestream on the Hasbro Pulse YouTube channel, and then head back here after to discuss as we break down all of today’s announcements.
Our friends at Fanthatracks have a first look at one of today’s upcoming announcements: Princess Leia Organa (Yavin 4) on a Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary commemorative The Power of the Force green card back. Head over to Fanthatracks for more images.
Are you curious to know what’s under the helmet of The Vintage Collection Luke Skywalker (Endor) (VC198)? JTA reader and friend Alientek performed the surgery. Would you believe that Hasbro tooled hair on this figure? Why couldn’t they go “all the way” and include the helmet as a removable accessory? Ridiculous. See our full review and picture gallery and this figure’s wave HERE.
Hasbro just announced their new Fan First Wednesday livestream event for September 8th, 11 am ET / 17:00 CET! New toys will be revealed! As usual, the livestream will be available on the Hasbro Pulse YouTube channel! We will post the link in time!
Will you watch the livestream? What are your expectations? Will Hasbro launch the Rancor HasLab on September 8th as well?
The Black Series Rancor HasLab is about to be launched very soon and the general feeling among Star Wars collectors seems to amount to a mere shrug, it’s very much wait and see here. Meanwhile our dear Marvel friends have reason to celebrate today. Hasbro’s latest Marvel HasLab ended just moments ago. And it’s apparent that Marvel collectors have deep pockets and love their HasLabs. Galactus was off to a relatively modest start, only a week ago he had only about 14,000 backers. But as expected the past few days and hours gave Galactus a huge boost. In fact, Galactus has just become the most successful HasLab yet! Click through for more!
Get ready for another Star Wars HasLab campaign as Hasbro Pulse updates with the official announcement that the Rancor campaign begins this fall.
After my nausea subsided from being slapped in the face by boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes of Rey (Island Journey) action figures from three years ago, I became even more jaded by what else I found at Ollie’s. (more….)
Folks, The Vintage Collection is treading water, and this will be our lot in life until the line goes inactive again. We are now three years out from the Star Wars film that killed the franchise, was toxic to merchandising, and contained some of the most awful characters that ever made up a Star Wars trilogy. The dreaded The Last Jedi film products are STILL poisoning retail, and now clearance outlets are beginning to taste their toxicity. (more….)
Hasbro has announced that Pulse Con will be back this year, scheduled for October 22 & 23.
Hasbro Pulse invites you to a two-day virtual event on October 22nd & 23rd to experience one-of-a-kind moments celebrating your biggest passions.
Check out the newly revealed packaging for The Vintage Collection’s Antoc Merrick’s X-Wing Vehicle and Figure.
We’re briskly approaching a gloomy landmark from the return of The Vintage Collection compared to its original run. The first The Vintage Collection run ran for three years? (mid-2010 to “some point in 2013”). The return of The Vintage Collection started April 2018, and “some point in 2021” would make it the three-year point again. So, I have to ask the question. (more….)
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