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.
You can now find the Target exclusive Force Link 2.0 6-pack the database. To learn more about each figure please have a look at the database entries here:
If you've purchased some Force Link 2.0 Star Wars figures in the past six months you might have come across a handful of figures which didn't work with the Force Link 2.0 bracelet. Today Hasbro fixed the issue with the smartphone update 2.4 for the Force Link 2.0 app. Now all Star Wars Force Link 2.0 figures work with the new technology. Following figures now work and have been updated in the database:
Walmart has begun to discount some of their Solo: A Star Wars Story merchandise ahead of the home video release! Take a look at the image below, the Millennium Falcon from the Force Link 2.0 series was found for only $40! Your mileage of course will vary, but it's always worth checking the clearance aisle at your local store.
During the Hasbro San Diego Comic Con panel today, it was revealed that two new playsets for 3.75" figures will be released in the Fall of 2018. Both playsets will have graphics on the front and back so that it can be rotated 360 degrees. Hasbro mentioned that each playset will cost below $50. The Kessel Mine playset will be sold exclusively at Walmart stores and it will include a Han Solo action figure (the figure looks to be the same as the one which is packed-in with the Kessel Run Millennium Falcon) Here is a look at the cardboard backdrops and the graphics on it, take a look below.
You can now find Han Solo (Mimban) and Chewbacca (Mimban) in the database. Both figures are Force Link 2.0 enabled and you can listen to the voice samples on each database entry. All the details can be found here:
You can now find figure information, photo galleries and voice samples of following figures in the database:
We've also added the currently international exclusive Black Series 6" Stormtrooper with blast accessories to the database:
Stephen Hayford has published some images of the brand new 3.75" Moloch figure on his Facebook page, which were also shared to our Toy Run Podcast community. The images revealed Moloch's removable mask and face underneath! Have a look below at the fantastic shots and make sure to follow Stephen on his Facebook page!
After going through the painful 1+ hour Force Link 2.0 app update and several connection issues between the gauntlet and the app on an iPhone 7 Plus (with a great WiFi connection), we finally got the app to work. We've updated every Star Wars figure in the Solo: A Star Wars Story / Force Link 2.0 toy line with voice samples. Here is what we have learned and experienced:
So far we don't see the magic between Force Link 1.0 and 2.0 except that you can update it through Bluetooth. The app is still not ready for prime time yet. When was the last time you've spent $30+ for an item you thought you could use right away, then had to wait about two weeks, then installed the app on your phone (which took one hour) and then still didn't work 100%? The figures still have five or six different lines (in some cases apparently less), so the functionality is the same when compared to Force Link 1.0 and we didn't notice any changes in voice quality or an increase in phrases per figure. Force Link 2.0 has a lot of potential and we love how cool it is when it works well (Lando!), but we have to scratch our head when we have a Luke Skywalker in Hoth Outfit who only speaks lines from different scenes in the movie. Let's keep our fingers crossed and hope for a quick and frustration free update to the app in the coming days and a more thoughtful approach as to what lines the figures should speak (and having original voices from the movies should really be a given).
Share your experience below, we'd love to hear about it!
You can now find the Hasbro Force Link 2.0 Chewbacca figure variation in the database. The first release of Chewbacca had no details on the back of the bandolier and a slightly but noticeably different paint application. You can spot the difference through the packaging, just look at the figure from the side and see if you can make out the sculpted details or not. Have a look at the pictures below and check out the full database entry here:
Hasbro has finally released an update for their Force Link 2.0 app via the iTunes app store. Now all your Force Link 2.0 enabled Star Wars figures can talk! Unfortunately the udpate takes quite a well to download and finish (we tested this with an iPhone 7 Plus and a WifFi connection and it took over 30 minutes to complete). We'll be updating the database with all the voice samples over the coming days, please stay tuned.
You can now find Hasbro's 3.75" Force Link 2.0 figures of Darth Maul, Qui-Gon Jinn and Probe Droid in the database. Take a look at each entry to learn more about the figures:
We've added the brand new Luke Skywalker (Hoth Outfit) with Wampa creature from Hasbro's Force Link 2.0 3.75" assortment to the database. To learn more about this cool set have a look at the database entry here please:
Hasbro has left many fans who purchased the Force Link 2.0 Starter Set, which includes the Force Link 2.0 arm wrist band, disappointed because it only works properly in combination with an app. This app however is not available for download in Apple's app store.
Hasbro has updated their app page to let Force Link 2.0 users who have iPhones know that the app will finally be available on or before May 1st, 2018. Android users can already use it, but again only with limited functionality.
From Hasbro's website: "We’re working hard to fix this so that you have the best experience possible. Thanks for your patience."
We'll be updating our figure database entries once the Force Link wrist band will work properly.
You can now find our SOLO: A Star Wars Story website section open. This section includes Hasbro's 3.75" Star Wars action figures with Force Link 2.0 enabled. We'll be updating this secton over the next few weeks, please check back for updates. For now, have a look at:
Amazon has listed all new Star Wars action figures for Solo: A Star Wars Story. This includes Hasbro's 6" Black Series line and the 3.75" Force Link 2.0 toy line: