This week on a very special episode of TOY RUN, Criz Bee and Jake Stevens celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the film that started it all! The hosts break down their favorite figures and toys from A New Hope, take a look at a vintage ABC news report on Star Wars toys and as always bring you the latest news from the world of collecting Star Wars action figures! But that’s not all, in this episode you will hear from listeners, authors and collectors as they share some of their favorite memories from the past four decades of Star Wars! Happy Birthday Star Wars and here’s to 40 more years of memories! Listen now and subscribe!
Three Day Convention Will Include Panels, Larger-than-Life Brand Experiences, Games Events, Auditions for Hasbro TV Commercials and Shows, Meet & Greets and Appearances from Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Stan Lee, Dude Perfect and top MY LITTLE PONY and TRANSFORMERS Talent
PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- May 22, 2017 – Today Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), a global play and entertainment company, officially opened ticket sales for the first-ever HASCON FANmily™ event, which will take place in Providence at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin’ Donuts Center from September 8-10, 2017. Hasbro fans and families from around the globe can purchase single day tickets or three-day tickets for the convention, with VIP packages available for super-fans and the most enthusiastic collectors.
Today Hasbro also revealed the first round of talent appearances, panels and brand experiences set to take place during HASCON 2017. Appearances and meet & greets will be available with some of the biggest names from Hasbro, including DUDE PERFECT, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura (Producer of all the TRANSFORMERS films, as well as G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra and G.I. JOE: Retaliation); Stan Lee (Marvel Comics Legend); Peter Cullen and Frank Welker (original TRANSFORMERS voice talent); Andrea Libman and Cathy Weseluck (voice talent of MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC and MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE), “Chewbacca Mom”, Candace Payne and more.
This unique event will bring Hasbro’s most iconic brands to life like never before, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY and G.I. JOE, and exceptional partner brands such as BEYBLADE, DREAMWORKS TROLLS and SESAME STREET. Fans will get a peek behind the Hasbro curtain during the three days filled with exciting first-look previews and panels from Hasbro’s biggest television and movie series.
Attendees will be immersed in hands-on, interactive experiences with oversized games such as PIE FACE and TOILET TROUBLE from HASBRO GAMING, photo opportunities with SESAME STREET and TROLLS costumed characters, epic BEYBLADE battles, a PLAY-DOH creation zone and the MY LITTLE PONY magical world of Equestria. FANmilies will be able to take photos with props from Hasbro’s movies and step into a custom-built NERF battle arena, maybe even with the guys from DUDE PERFECT. HASCON will also host MAGIC: THE GATHERING gameplay featuring an exclusive preview of the upcoming Iconic Masters card set. Youth fans, ages 3-15, have the opportunity to audition for Hasbro commercials and voice talent on our animated series. Fans also can purchase exclusive* Hasbro toys and merchandise including new TRANSFORMERS products.
In addition, there will be activities inspired by several iconic Disney properties, including Disney Princess, Frozen, Elena of Avalor, Moana and Descendants 2, as well as Star Wars and Marvel’s Avengers, Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy. From movie props and costumes on display, to hands-on fun through art tutorials and more, these areas will be can’t-miss destinations during the show.
“Hasbro constantly strives for new ways to bring our storytelling to life and offer fans greater access to our brands, and HASCON is designed to bring attendees closer to Hasbro’s biggest properties than ever before,” said John Frascotti, President of Hasbro. “We are assembling the ultimate fan celebration, with three days of marquee talent, interactive activities, immersive experiences, game events, panel discussions, VIP events and much more. We’re set to deliver an unforgettable experience for fans and families alike.”
HASCON tickets are on-sale now. Single day tickets are available for $30 for youth (ages 3-15) and $60 for adults (ages 16+). Three-Day tickets range from $75 for youth (ages 3-15) to $165 for adults (ages 16+). VIP packages are also available for super-fans and the most enthusiastic collectors starting at $200 for youth (ages 3 – 15) and $600 for adults (ages 16+), plus taxes. To purchase tickets and stay up to date on all the latest information on HASCON 2017, please visit http://hascon.hasbro.com
*Limited quantities available on HasbroToyShop.com after HASCON.
Yahoo has published an article today showcasing new Star Wars action figures and other Star Wars items which commemorate the 40th Anniversary. All items will be on sale at Disney stores this coming Thursday. The most interesting items for collectors here on JediBusiness.com is the Disney Elite Series Die Cast 2-pack, which features two new Star Wars action figures of Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper disguise and Han Solo in Stormtrooper disguise. The set will cost $49.99. If you'd like to read the full article head on over to Yahoo.com.
We've been moving some older articles and photo galleries back onto the website and you can now find Pablo Pulido's fantastic Vintage VS. Modern Star Wars action figure photography on the website again. Pablo photographed the opening scenes from Return Of The Jedi with vintage Kenner Star Wars figures and then re-created the exact same scene with modern Hasbro Star Wars figures. Have fun browsing around those photos:
You can now find Hasbro's 6" 40th Anniversary Collection Han Solo in the database. For all the details about Han take a look here please:
You can now find Hasbro's 6" 40th Anniversary Collection Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi in the database! Get all the information about the figure here:
This week on TOY RUN, the hosts Criz Bee and Jake Stevens ask listeners to send in a 30 second audio snippet of their favorite Star Wars or Star Wars action figure memory, which will be used on next week’s 40th Anniversary Celebration episode. Criz Bee and Jake also discuss Space Walls, identifying Protocol Droids from Disney’s Build A Droid program and they read listener feedback about how much fans are willing to pay for Vintage Collection figures and vehicles. Michael French, the co-creator and host of RetroBlasting.com, stops by to talk about his history with Star Wars, his fandom and of course RetroBlasting. This is another jam-packed and not-to-be-missed episode of Star Wars toy talk, listen now and subscribe!
JediBusiness.com reader Greg Creech reached out in hopes to find a solution for his sticker problem. He just got a Hasbro 6" 40th Anniversary Collection R2-D2 from Walmart and it came with a HUGE sticker on the card.
We've taken a closer look at the Space Walls / Death Star Panels made by Galactic Trading Post. For all the details have a look here:
You can now find Hasbro's 6" 40th Anniversary Collection Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot) in the database. Luke was a Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 exclusive. Here is more information:
We've updated the database with Hasbro's 6" 40th Anniversary Collection Luke Skywalker action figure. For more information about the figure have a look at the entry please:
Hasbro has sent us following Press Release:
NERF RIVAL STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT APOLLO XV-700 Blaster and Face Mask set
(Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $89.99/Available: Spring 2017)
Gear up like a Mandalorian warrior with the NERF RIVAL STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT APOLLO XV- 700 blaster and face mask set! This special edition blaster and mask set features distinct Mandalorian decoration and comes with a fabric Mandalorian insignia patch.
You can now find Hasbro's 6" Black Series 40th Anniversary Collection Princess Leia in the database. For this release Hasbro re-worked the previous head sculpt and sold Leia on a vintage Kenner inspired cardback, here are all the details:
What is your favorite toy line by Hasbro for the 3.75" figures? Is it The Power Of The Force 2 because it kick-started the modern line? Is it The Legacy Collection because it came with build a droid parts? Maybe Power Of The Jedi because it was a fairly small line with lots of new sculpts? Or how about The Clone Wars animated-style line or The Vintage Collection? Let us know in the comments!
On this week’s episode, your hosts Criz Bee and Jake Stevens talk about the latest Star Wars action figure news and they discuss a rumor list which leaked on Reddit about The Last Jedi figures. The hosts also discuss how much The Vintage Collection figures will cost when they launch in Spring 2018 and Philip Reed stops by for a Toy Run to talk about his latest project, the A Galaxy Of Action Figure Savings book which covers Star Wars Newspaper ads from the 1970’s and 1980’s. Listen now and subscribe!