Our tour around Javits Center turned up a few familiar companies, and a few surprises! We met up with the team from Star Wars Action News, and just hung out with the local LEGO folks. Browse through our galleries below to see the familiar, the new, and the odd Star Wars merchandise!
Keep checking back as we add our full reports on each one of our stops around Javits Center...
MILTON is a relatively new Star Wars licensee that offers a line of toys that offer
something for those who are interested in both the science and playability of the
technology of Star Wars. The line drew some inspiration from the museum tour Star
Wars: Where Science
Meets Imagination, and offers at least one of the more notable pieces from the
exhibit in the form of a toy.
STAR WARS The Force Trainer – MSRP $129.99
You may have seen the article about this on The Official Site. The Force Trainer works by using an EEG sensor equipped headset that interprets the alpha pattern brainwaves. A high level of concentration will send a signal to the base station which starts a fan. The fan in turn will cause a ball to float in the clear plastic tube. There are a number of levels of difficulty, and the base station emits sound effects, including “instruction” by Jedi Master Yoda himself.
STAR WARS Optical
Command Unit – MSRP $34.99
The Optical Command Unit will look instantly familiar to any fan of the OT. It's based on the electrobinoculars that you see used in A NEW HOPE and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. It combines the functionality of binoculars, and adds in the capability of a microscope as well as a mini-projector.
STAR WARS Darth
Vader Robotic Arm – MSRP $44.99
Based on Anakin Skywalker's robotic right arm as it appears in REVENGE OF THE SITH, this kit offers collectors the opportunity to build the robotic arm from snap-together parts. It mounts on a stand, and using controls, you can grip items and move the hand and arm.
STAR WARS Naboo
Sea Creatures – MSRP $34.00
Remember Sea Monkeys? The Naboo Sea Creatures set seems to be right from that playbook. It uses Triops Longicaudatus eggs which you place into the Naboo aquatic environment. The eggs hatch and will swim around the aquarium.
STAR WARS Dagobah
Frog Habitat – MSRP $34.99
Want your own Dagobah swamp? Then check out the Dagobah Frog Habitat. It's a replica of the Dagobah swamp and is a habitat for watching the metamorphosis of tadpoles into frogs. Each set includes a mail-in coupon for live tadpoles.
STAR WARS Jedi
Telescope – MSRP $34.99
Scan the skies with the Jedi Telescope. It's a functional telescope that also features audio facts, sound effects and 10 images of planets from the Star Wars saga.
STAR WARS Jedi
Projector – MSRP $44.99
Learn about Clone Wars technology using the Jedi Projector. It can project images on a ceiling or wall with images of vehicles from the Clone Wars, and includes an audio tour that is synched with the projected images.
STAR WARS Mustafar
Volcano Kit – MSRP $24.99
Remember those school science fair volcanoes? The Mustafar Volcano kit combines Star Wars with the old baking soda style school science experiment. So if you want to watch the lava flow down the mountains of Mustafar, check this kit out.
French Star Wars licensee Attakus was in
attendance at the 2009 New York International Toy Fair after skipping last year's
presented their high quality line of collectibles, and among them were some previously
seen Star Wars items as well as a new item which may debut later this year.
New in the land of Attakus is an Imperial Probe Droid, as seen in THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Standing just over 16" tall, this cold cast porcelain statue captures the intricate details of the probe droid that sought out Echo Base on Hoth. Attakus designers expressed that there were some challenges in bringing the Probe Droid from concept to actuality. The slim legs of the Probe Droid proved to be insufficient to support the Probe Droid's weight through Attakus's traditional methods. So they resorted to reinforcing the legs with aluminum and sculpted around the legs in resin. While this Probe Droid may not have a repulsorlift to keep it aloft, the reinforced legs keep this statue standing upright. Availability on the Probe Droid is estimated to be in the Fall of 2009.
Attakus was also forthcoming with information about the long fabled Dagobah environment which had been pictured from the development stages as far back as 2007. And it's fate appears to have been linked with that of the Millenium Falcon diorama and Death Star environment. Apparently there had been significant issues with the Falcon regarding it's weight and durability when it came to shipping. The Falcon and Death Star environment weighed in excess of 100 pounds and were very cumbersome. The Dagobah environment was even larger and presented even more challenges when it came to packaging and shipping. And with that in mind the development of the Dagobah environment was suspended.
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