We've just received a notification from Entertainment Earth informing us that following items are now available on their website:
If you've been collecting for the last year you know that the Kessel Mine playset and the Vintage Collection Imperial Tie Fighter were previously exclusive to Walmart and that Captain Phasma and Zuckuss can also be found at Disney Stores. It's troubling to see how exclusive Star Wars toys are being swapped around behind the scenes these days. Great for us however is that Entertainment Earth is a specialty collectors shop which means minty mint packaging and customer service.
You can now pre-order the Black Series General Grievous figure at Entertainment Earth! This figure is being released in the XL Black Series line, it's taller than a regular figure (and hence costs more). Check it out!
New images of the up-coming Black Series General Grievous figure have shown up online today. The figure will cost $29.99, it will not be exclusive to any store, and it will be the first released figure in The Black Series' new XL assortment. We'll keep you posted on the main page once the figure goes up for pre-order, meanwhile check out those fantastic images:
By Christian "Criz Bee" Bortz
Here is a look at everything that we know thus far for The Black Series 6" line for 2019. We predict that we'll see most of the figures before the Summer is over, because Disney/Lucasfilm and Hasbro will certainly gear up for Star Wars: Episode IX in the Fall with figures based on the new Star Wars movie.
Let's take a look at what has been revealed so far.
Hasbro announced during New York Comic Con 2018 that a new format will join The Black Series family called Black Series XL. This gives us fans the opportunity to get figures in the Black Series which are bigger and taller. This is similar to the Gamorrean Guard and Moloch figures which are currently exclusively available at Target stores. With the bigger format however comes a bigger price, which will be $29.99. We don't know yet if those figures will be numbered.
The very first figure which we can look forward to is the fan-favorite General Grievous from Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith. The figure will come with a premium soft-goods cape which has pockets on the inside for all the lightsaber hilts. General Grievous will have two arms which can be extended out into a four arm battle stance and Hasbro will include four lightsabers and one droid blaster. The figure will be out in Spring 2019.
You can now find the latest Vintage Collection figures at Entertainment Earth, have a look here!
Fellow collectors, we'd like to take this opportunity to say thank you for the support this past year. We've had an amazing time and it looks as if 2019 is going to be even bigger! In March of 2019 we'll celebrate our 15th Anniversary and we have no intentions of slowing down with our Star Wars action figure coverage, look for our reports from a variety of conventions including Star Wars Celebration in Chicago!
So thank you everybody for your support and May The Toys Be With You in 2019!
Here is an overview of 3.75" Star Wars Christmas action figures:
Hasbro has sent out an email to Haslab backers with images of the final packaging desgin of the Sail Barge. We think it turned out fantastic! The Sail Barge will ship to backers in February 2019, and no, it will not be made availablea again in the United States or Canada.
The Force Link 1.0 and 2.0 feature in Hasbro's 3.75" Star Wars action figure line received mixed reviews, especially with the 2.0 release in April 2018. We felt it was difficult to update, clunky to use and the smart phone app wouldn't work correctly when it was first released. In fact it took almost six months for Hasbro to release an update which enabled some of the figures and creatures' voice samples to work (e.g. Wampa). However, once the smart phone app and the Force Link bracelett were updated, there was quite a bit of fun to be had with the figures.
There were some figures released which didn't include original voice samples and featured other voice talents instead. We ignored those figures because it just doesn't get better than having the original voice samples implemented.
Holding a 3.75" Lando Calrissian action figure and having it say "I am too young and too good to retire." or having VAL scream at you "Here comes a world of hurt!" should bring a smile to anybody's face, so we thought let's pick our favorite voice samples from the past year and here is what we came up with!
It's a cool figure and picture you holding it and it screams at you "Here comes a world of hurt!" or "Show me what else you got!" :) Fun stuff, check it out:
We've taken a close look at every single Star Wars Black Series 6" figure released in 2018 a few days ago (you can look at the TOP 10 here), and today we are going to take a look at our favorite Force Link 2.0 figures from 2018. Just like with the Black Series, we took pictures of every figure released this year and we wrote down what we liked and disliked about each one. For a full list of Force Link 2.0 figures have a look here: Force Link 2.0 Database. The images below are all clickable, so you can get to each database entry and learn more about each figure.
The Kessel Guard was released in a 2-pack together with Lando Calrissian. Even though the figure has only five movable parts (1 head, 2 arms, 2 legs) it's a very cool looking figure. There were lots of small details worked into the helmet, the back, the chest area and the dirty and weathered paint application on the outfit looks nice. The staff can even be attached to the backpack. This figure is essential for a complete Kessel Mine display.
We've taken a close look at every single Star Wars Black Series 6" figure released in 2018, we took pictures of every figure from every angle, we wrote down what we liked about each one and what we didn't like, we discussed every database entry with you, our readers, and we talked about most of them on our Toy Run podcast. So here are our favorite TOP 10 Black Series Star Wars figures from 2018!
Rio Durant was released just recently but he has become one of our favorite Black Series figures in 2018. Hasbro gave the figure four movable arms, four elbows and four wrists, but most importantly the figure has the correct height and just looks like the character in the movie. It has a working holster, comes with two blasters and removable goggles. It's an overall well executed figure and the Ardennian compliments Beckett's crew perfectly!
Ebay has a one day deal today! You can get 10% off any purchase with promo code PHLDAYTEN. Happy Holiday shopping fellow collectors!
We were quite surprised to find a lot of Kenner content in Germany's official Star Wars magazine which is currently available on newsstands. There are two small posters included, one which features the classic line-up of Kenner Star Wars figures with the yellow background, and one which depicts the Battle Of Hoth with several Kenner vehicles and action figures. Both images were captured by Kim Simmons who is interviewed over five pages talking about his history with Kenner in the 80's and his experience photographing Star Wars toys.
Needless to say that if you've grown up with Kenner Star Wars back in the days it's nice to see those toys being featured heavily in a current Star Wars magazine, that's something which we haven't seen in the U.S. version since Chris Fawcett's Jedi Toy Box column. Editorials like this help the new generation of 3.75" Hasbro Star Wars action figure collectors learn about the 40+ year history and it keeps the collector segment within the Star Wars fandom engaged.
The official German Star Wars magazine costs €4.60 (which is currently 5.21 USD) and is available on newsstands until December 20, 2018.
If you don't speak German, you can listen to our own interview with Kim Simmons here.
Hasbro has announced new 3.75" Star Wars action figures to support Lucasfilm's brand new Star Wars Galaxy Of Adventures animated TV shorts. The first wave of figures is already available exclusively at Walmart stores with the second wave being released in Spring 2019. Here is the press release for you with official glam shots:
STAR WARS fans new and old can discover the exciting action from a galaxy far, far away with figures and more from STAR WARS GALAXY OF ADVENTURES! Learn about the most iconic characters from the STAR WARS movies or scan the included QR code to join in on the adventures of fan favorites like DARTH VADER, HAN SOLO, PRINCESS LEIA, LUKE SKYWALKER, and more! With STAR WARS GALAXY OF ADVENTURES, the galaxy far, far away comes home!
New STAR WARS GALAXY OF ADVENTURES products for Fall 2018 include:
(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Fall 2018)
DARTH VADER is a Sith lord who uses the powers of the Dark side to battle Rebel forces and help the evil Galactic Empire keep control of the galaxy. Learn about DARTH VADER and other STAR WARS characters with figures from GALAXY OF ADVENTURES. Each pack contains 1 3.75-inch figure, 1 mini comic, and 1 QR code that kids can activate with your smart device to discover more stories online about the character! Includes figure, accessory, mini comic, and digital code. Available exclusively at Walmart.
(Editor's note: this figure is a re-release of the Force Link 2.0 Darth Vader action figure from August 2018 with no voice samples implemented)
Steve Evans, Design Director at Hasbro for Star Wars toys, announced on several social media accounts today that he is moving on from his position to take on a new role at Hasbro as Creative Director for Consumer Products.
It's with great sadness that we see Steve Evans leave. He was accessible, open-minded and truly listened to the fans. His deep knowledge of Star Wars and enthusiasm shined through in every panel, interview and presentation and within the past five years he's become the face of Star Wars at Hasbro. We want to thank him for bringing The Vintage Collection back and for inventing the HasLab initiative which made Jabba's Sail Barge possible. The HasLab project in particular was a huge accomplishment by him and his team as it gives us fans the opportunity to get Star Wars toys which otherwise would never get made.
Most of all though we want to thank Steve for opening a channel of communication which gave us direct access to ask questions. When we interviewed Steve on our podcast TOY RUN back during the Summer of 2016, and asked how a Star Wars figure was being made, he would walk us through the process. He understood that we were genuinely interested in this, and it was later followed up with several videos and behind-the-scenes information during panel presentations (a trend which continues to this day) to keep us informed.
To communicate more with fans he brought the Fans Choice poll back (for 6" and 3.75"), there were several Instagram Q&A's, there was the Vintage Collection Conversation on HasbroPulse, we did a few Google Hangouts with Steve and members of the Star Wars team, and of course there were a lot of panels with Q&A's and interviews throughout the past five years.
Steve Evans introduced us to people working behind-the-scenes like Tom Rego (sculpting manager) and Mark Boudreaux (senior principal designer/legend) in the designer desk video series, which was interesting for us fans to see. Having Steve Evans place Mark Boudreaux in the foreground on several occassions and educating Star Wars collectors about his 40 year long contributions to Star Wars toys was also much appreciated.
The contact to fan sites was great and we felt that we made an impact with our answers and questions. JediBusiness.com's readers had been asking for the return of playsets, and we receiced the fantastic BB-8 playset last year, followed up with the awesome old-school heavy-cardboard Kessel Mine Escape and Mission On Vandor-1 playsets. He knew we didn't like the yellow banana visors on TFA figures, so he got rid of that. We wanted creatures to come back in the 3.75" line and he brought them back with the Rathtar/Wampa sets. We don't like NERF? Got it, let's get rid of NERF! We wanted the Vintage Collection? We got it. We ran an article about the Vintage Collection bubbles being too wide and that the artwork needs to be made bigger, and sure enough, it was confirmed that there will be changes made going forward.
Knowing that Steve Evans grew up like many of us with Kenner Star Wars toys in the 70's and 80's brought authenticity with it. He was a collector himself and even dealt with Star Wars figures in the 90's to pay some bills. Once we sent him a message at 1:30am asking to clarify the differences between the regular Black Series 6" Captain Rex figure and the Hascon version, his answer came back from his private account at 4am. Now that's dedication. Whoever follows next has big shoes to fill and we hope that Steve Evans' successor will maintain the excellent communication with the fan base. We also hope that his successor will not only bring a love for Star Wars with her or him, but also a deep appreciation for the Kenner Star Wars toy line from the 70's and 80's, which in our point of view is the foundation everything is built on.
THANK YOU, CONGRATULATIONS AND GOOD LUCK STEVE EVANS!
Images below: Steve Evans, FanthaTracks, JediNews and JediBusiness.
You can now find the Han Solo action figure from Hasbro's Force Link 2.0 Kessel Mine Escape playset in the database along with all the images and information about the playset itself, take a look: