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Hello Toy Runners! This week I got the last of my preorders in the mail. I ended up with a case of Purge troopers, and 2 of each of the Ahsoka wave. It was a pretty great week. Along with those, I received an order of in-galaxy currency to add to my collection of various Star Wars monies. I don’t have the kind of cash flow it takes to collect high end prop replicas of sabers and blasters, but metal money is a relatively inexpensive way to get into the prop side of Star Wars collecting. Check out my additions by clicking here…
Funko and Macy’s unveil a new Grogu-themed Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade float. Yahoo! has the full story!
Star Wars: Visions is set to premiere this month on Disney+, and StarWars.com has a nice feature showcasing the heroes of the series. Click here for the full rundown as Executive Producer Josh Rimes and Producer Kanako Shirasaki share some insight to get you prepared.
Welcome to another entry in our The Vintage Collection: The Ninety Six column. Hasbro recently committed to collectors that they will be “focusing” on characters in The Vintage Collection that fall under “The Ninety Six” banner. If you’re new to this, it means that there needs a modern counterpart for every classic Kenner figure. Between 2020 and 2021, Hasbro’s made an admirable effort by focusing on these characters. But there is more work to be done, and we’ll figure out where we are step by step. Today we assess Imperial TIE Fighter Pilot.
After getting a dozen destroyed Princess Leia (Endor) figures from Walmart online, I have to admit that this is a sight for sore eyes. However, I found them on the bottom shelf nowhere near the Star Wars section. Why do things have to be this way?
If you’re still looking for the Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary The Vintage Collection figures, be sure to check your local Walmart’s clearance section. JTA reader Jon M. found Paploo and others hanging with clearance stickers on them there.
Welcome to another entry in our The Vintage Collection: The Ninety Six column. Hasbro recently committed to collectors that they will be “focusing” on characters in The Vintage Collection that fall under “The Ninety Six” banner. If you’re new to this, it means that there needs a modern counterpart for every classic Kenner figure. Between 2020 and 2021, Hasbro’s made an admirable effort by focusing on these characters. But there is more work to be done, and we’ll figure out where we are step by step. Today we assess Zuckuss.
Jedi Temple Archives would like to take a moment and remember the 2,977 innocent people that died and the 25,000 injured on the 20th Anniversary of this evil terror attack. Our lives are forever changed by this event, and we wish peace and love to the families directly affected by this.
Rumors circulated for quite a while, but now it’s official, the legendary Knights Of The Old Republic video game will get a remake. Sony announced at their Playstation showcase that Aspyr Entertainment, Sony Interactive Entertainment and Lucasfilm Games are developing an extensive remake of the video game which was first released in 2003. Not many details were provided, but it was announced the game will be remade from the ground up and that it won’t just be the same old game with updated graphics, the game will also get new features, but Sony promises that the integrity of the story and characters will be mantained. This is certainly the way to go, while KOTOR was a fantastic game for its time its game mechanics are very dated and a mere graphics upgrade would certainly not be enough for a new generation of players who never played KOTOR before.
No release date was given, the game is still in early development. In my opinion a late 2023 release date would make sense, in time for the 20th anniversary of the original release. The game will be a Playstation 5 exclusive at launch, a PC version will be launched at a later date, probably a few months later, if KOTOR will have a similar release schedule like games as Days Gone or Death Stranding which were console exclusives at launch as well and launched on PC a couple of months later.
Are you excited about the KOTOR remake? Also, dear Hasbro, you now have plenty of time to release all new KOTOR figures (i.e. not lazy repaints) just in time for the video game launch!
We were floored by the announcement of the Stormtrooper build-up pack yesterday. Hasbro let us know that they plan to continue with releases in that format, which begs the obvious question… What battle packs do you want to see next? The stormtrooper set is a great place to start, but this new option provides so many opportunities that we’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about some of those possibilities.
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.
The next two cards from the weekly Topps Star Wars Living Set are now out. Featuring the iconic blue starfield and the impressive artwork of Kris Penix, check out Wrecker (#237) and Lieutenant Mitaka (#238). Each Tuesday, two new cards will be released and be only available for one week. Click here to view the entire Star Wars Living archive, including individual print runs.
We discussed preorders a couple weeks ago, and one thing I forgot to mention is that they always seem to come all at once! I had more than 20 figures drop this week, but 6 of them were delayed on Amazon. Nevertheless it is a really good haul! Click here to check it out and leave comments of your own new toys!