Completing a full set of Episode I CommTech chips can be challenging because Hasbro canceled or delayed some figures which caused gaps in the CommTech chip numbering. In order to help you get organized and find out if you have a full set at home have a look at the Guide To CommTech Chips.
We've pulled out an Episode I booklet from 1999 and scanned in all the pages. This turned out to be a lot of fun and it's interesting to see what Star Wars figures were advertised, you'll find Episode I figures in it, but they also mixed the Original Trilogy in with some Power Of The Force figures. Towards the back you find the board and electronic games which were hip at the time. Go and have fun looking at all the toys!
We've added every commtech chip from the 1999 Episode I Collection to the database. Each figure entry now shows the chip and you can listen to all the voice samples. Keep in mind that the technology is 20 years old now and some of the voice samples sound quite distorted. It was a fun toy line with a neat gimmick, have fun browsing the Episode I collection and listen to the voice samples!
Episode I focus collector Manoah Crane is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of The Phantom Menace by giving away some custom made patches! We think they turned out great, tap on the image to visit his page on Facebook and stay tuned to J.B. for a give-away coming up in the near future!
Barnesandnoble.com has marked down Black Series 6" action figures drastically. There are some downsides, most of them are sold out online, but if you give it a shot you might just get lucky. Black Series 6" Dewbacks and Rey's Speeders are marked down to $14.99 each, they are sold out online, but you can check your local store availability and pick it up there. 15 bucks for a Black Series Dewback or Rey's Speeder? Wow!
The new Black Series 6" Archive figures are marked down to $4.99 each, again they are sold out online, but you can check store availability in your area online.
They also have the fantastic Black Series FX Kylo Ren lightsaber marked down to $49.98 and the FX Obi-Wan Kenobi lightsaber is marked down to $43.74, and both are available online!
On episode #12 of J.B.T. Kenner toy design legend Jim Swearingen joins Criz Bee for an hour to talk about the origins of Star Wars action figures. Jim Swearingen designed the first eleven (not twelve) Kenner Star Wars figures, he designed the Kenner Death Star playset, the Kenner X-Wing and Tie Fighter vehicles, and he came up with the concept for the trap doors for the Dewback and TaunTauns. He also designed the very first iteration of the Kenner Boba Fett figure! Listen to the episode and learn what it was like working at Kenner in the 70s, and find out why Star Wars figures are 3.75" tall. All of this and more on JBT episode #12, stream it for free now!
Some collect them, some don't care about them at all. Either way, you can now find a full photo gallery of all the covers and backs of the small 10 page Star Wars Galaxy Of Adventure comic books on the website. Those small collectible comic books were packed in together with Star Wars Galaxy Of Adventure action figures, you can find a full list of figures here: Star Wars Galaxy Of Adventure figures and the comic book photo gallery here.
It looks as if Target.com moved the Vintage Collection Han Solo (Stormtrooper), the Black Series 6" Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper) and the Star Wars Retro Collection to in-stock at 12am EST. The Retro Collection sold out online within a few minutes and Target removed the figures entirely from their website. The Vintage Collection Han Solo (Stormtrooper) is readily available with in-store pick up, but the Black Series Luke Skywalker figure appears to be limited in availability with most stores in our area (Seattle) only carrying one or none at all.
Update: The Black Series 6" Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper) sold out.
During Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 the official Star Wars website revealed the product packaging for the final installment of the Skywalker Saga. The packaging features Kylo Ren in front of a star field next to the classic yellow Star Wars logo. Join us for a look at all the Star Wars packaging designs in the Disney era since 2015.
We don't know why Target decided to make this coming Sunday special for Star Wars action figure collectors, but this coming Sunday May 12th 2019, is the day when the street date will be lifted for several new Star Wars figures.
We have a list of figures which should be on store shelves and the corresponding DPCI numbers so you can ask a customer service manager to help you spend your money, have a look!
You can now find Clone Commander Bacara from Hasbro's 3.75" The Saga Collection in the database. The figure was part of the Heroes & Villains sub-line in 2006, have a look here: